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10 Sep 2008

Author:
Center for Human Rights and Environment (CEDHA)

Argentine Environment Authority Cracks Down on Corporate Contamination with Massive Police Force

The Argentine National Environmental Authority (SAYDS), with over 40 inspection teams in 50 vehicles, accompanied by 100 national guardsman, and bus load of federal and city police, carried out a surprise-raid on 34 contaminating industries, in the Matanza-Riachuelo river basin, to verify industrial compliance with environmental laws and norms. The crackdown on industries which included leather tanneries, food packing plants, vehicle junk-yards, and chemical producers, was accompanied by a court order...two companies...were immediately ordered shut due to findings of infraganti violations...including direct toxic spillages into water ways...placing the lives and health of workers and the community in danger.

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