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10 Nov 2006

Robert Verkaik, Independent [UK]

British firm faces £100m claim for 'dumping toxic waste' [Ivory Coast]

A London-based multinational commodities company [Trafigura] is facing a £100m claim for compensation over allegations that it arranged to dump 400 tons of toxic waste in Ivory Coast, causing the deaths of 10 people and injuring up to 100,000...Once in Abidjan, the claimants allege, Trafigura contracted with a local company, Tommy, to dispose of the waste...Representative claims have now been commenced in the High Court in London on the basis that Trafigura was negligent and that this and the nuisance resulting from its actions caused the injuries to people in Abidjan...A statement on the company's website says: "Trafigura commenced legal action against Compagnie Tommy on 8 September. The slops discharged were not 'toxic waste'...Trafigura has now set up its own independent inquiry into the events that led to the disaster.