We just happened to pass by this derelict site in France and it didn't look too promising. We pulled up and had a quick look. Still unsure I popped over the fence to see if it was worthwhile. I was greeted by the site you see in the first image. So I went back to get Behind Closed Doors, Proj3ct M4yhem and Matt so we could grab a few shots.
Cellatex SA was an artificial textile company founded in 1981. Based on a site that dates back to 1902. The company entered liquidation in 2000.
The workers were unhappy with the redundancy offers and took over the plant threatening to blow it up. There were many highly toxic flamables on site and obviuously the workers new where they were.
They also threatened to dump the acid into a stream that lead to the Meuse river. After a few days this threat was carried out and 5000 litres of sulphuric acid was tipped into the creak. Firemen managed to stop it reaching into the main river.
After interventions from the government. A better package was offered to the employees which was accepted.