Trafigura was suspected to have hundreds of 100 tons of toxic substances dumped in Africa, Côte d’Ivoire, resulting in 10 million people in appearance of symptoms.
British firms involved hundreds of tons of toxic waste disposal 100,000 Africans infected
BEIJING, September 18, according to Xinhua in Hong Kong, “Wen Wei Po” 18 reported, the British oil trading company Trafigura arrested three years ago, will be hundreds of 100 tons of toxic substances dumped in Africa, Côte d’Ivoire, so that at least 10 million people affected. The day before yesterday, the company suddenly announced that it agreed to compensate victims of millions of pounds 31000 and hope settled out of court.
What happened was 2006, the oil tanker Probo Koala dumped in Cote d’Ivoire 400 tons of toxic waste in recent years, one of the most serious pollution disasters. Trafigura to use independent contractors such as waste sludge disposed of in Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s garbage dumps, sewers, slaughterhouses and lagoons, which wastes a mixture of gasoline, water and sodium hydroxide.
Pollutants caused 100,000 people were infected
Reported that the incident caused at least 10 million people in Abidjan, breathing difficulties and other illnesses, and rushed to hospitals and clinics. Ivorian authorities in their investigation concluded that at least 10 deaths and related waste. The victims of litigation that these wastes emit toxic gases such as hydrogen sulfide, so that they suffer from various illnesses, which seeks compensation in 100 million pounds, Britain’s biggest court cases relating to personal injury class-action lawsuit.
Trafigura has denied responsibility, and that the waste disposed of in Africa, local contractors and will not cause illness or cause serious injury. But “The Guardian” means, Trafigura early in the morning know what toxic waste disposal, there is great danger to humans, but also in Europe, have been banned, but the company has been saying that batch of material harmless, and even threatened to report the incident a number of media litigation .
Companies have agreed to settlement expected to lose one million pounds
Trafigura day before yesterday confirmed that “the parties are considering a global settlement agreement”, if a settlement, Trafigura is no need for recognition of responsibility, to avoid prolonged and expensive litigation, but also avoid next month in London, was originally scheduled to stand trial in the collective litigation to make the company into disrepute.
On behalf of the claimant’s lawyer, said in the past few weeks has been working with Trafigura to discuss the settlement agreement, may be millions of pounds in compensation, he said that reconciliation expressed optimism and said that the claimant is also pleased to see the incident resolved.
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