Sunday, July 6, 2008

Attorney-General can Prosecute Amsterdam Municipality in Hazardous Waste Case

An Amsterdam judge has decided that the Attorney-General can prosecute the Amsterdam Municipality in regard to the ship Probo Koala. In 2006 the municipality authorized the ship to leave the harbor although it probably had hazardous waste on board. A month later the ship, on the order of the Trafigura oil company, transferred the material to a waste treatment company in the Ivory Coast. The latter probably dumped it in Abidjan, where 16 people died and tens of thousands became ill.

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