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Ivory Coast’s Toxic Waste Dumping

2006

“Dutch oil trader Trafigura transports four hundred tons of toxic waste consisting of caustic soda and petroleum residue from Amsterdam to Abidjan, dumping it into the Ivorian city’s waste system. The deaths of seventeen people and illnesses of as many as one hundred thousand people are linked to the waste dumping. Trafigura admits no wrongdoing [PDF] and blames a subcontractor for the incident. In 2007, the company agrees to pay about $195 million to the Ivorian government for cleanup and compensation for victims. In 2009, it pays another $45 million to thirty thousand victims who sued the company in a British court, but it continues to deny any wrongdoing.” Council on Foreign Relations

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