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Some industrial processes use retention basins to contain large quantities of sludge or effluents: residues of concentration or transformation of ores, TiO2 manufacture, phosphogypses, fine coal washing … The combination of volume and nature of the substances retained, their toxic or polluting characteristics and the energy that can be released in the event of an accident may, depending on the location of the installation, generate significant risks. Focus on Accidentology.

Date of the document: November 2011