The government belatedly declared a special disaster zone on Oct. 9 in the scene of a hydrofluoric acid leak last month in Gumi, North Gyeongsang province. The declaration comes 11 days after the Sept. 27 accident at a Hube Global factory in the 4th Gumi National Industrial Complex.

… Public health groups like the Daegu/North Gyeongsang province branch of the Association for Physicians for Humanism cautioned that hydrofluoric acid is acutely toxic – indeed, it is used as an ingredient in nerve gas – and could lead to severe health problems. The groups also demanded that plans be made for systematic, regular health checks.

… Residents, along with civic and environmental groups like the Gumi Nakdong River Community, are currently preparing lawsuits seeking compensation from the government and Hube Global…

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