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19 Mar 2007

Robert Goodland, former director of the World Bank's Environment Department

[PDF] India: Orissa, Kashipur - Utkal Bauxite & Alumina Project: Human Rights and Environmental Impacts

This publication reviews environmental and social aspects of plans by Utkal Alumina Industries Ltd to mine bauxite and refine it to more than 8 million tons of alumina annually, by means of a $1 billion joint venture between Canada’s Alcan and Hindalco [part of Aditya Birla]. It is designed to inform – or at least feed into — Alcan’s decisionmaking about their relationships with this project, to be announced on 31st March 2007. [also refers to Tata, NorskHydro, BHP Billiton, Vedanta Resources] [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Hindalco (Aditya Birla) to respond to the allegations. Hindalco declined to respond]