Royal Dutch Shell Group .com Brazilian police accuse Shell of eco-crime


A News item from Business Respect, Issue Number 10, dated 11 Aug 2001


Shell has been accused by police in Brazil of polluting the earth and underground water around a pesticide factory in the south east of the country.


The pollution dates back to the 70s and 80s, and medical tests carried out by the State University of Sao Paulo have found that at least 70% of the 200 people living near the factory have been affected by the pesticides.


Shell has stated that it became aware of the contamination in 1994 and notified the appropriate authorities. The incident has prompted the new ethical index FTSE4good to state that it will consider whether Shell should now be excluded from the index.


Article source: Guardian


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