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Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance scores court victory against ArcelorMittal, setting important precedent on community access to corporate environmental records

In a hard-hitting judgement handed down on 26 November 2014, South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal ordered ArcelorMittal South Africa Ltd (AMSA) to release various environmental records to the Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance (VEJA), and to pay the communities’ legal costs...The SCA also emphasised the importance of corporate transparency in relation to environmental issues, stating that “Corporations operating within our borders…must be left in no doubt that, in relation to the environment in circumstances such as those under discussion, there is no room for secrecy and that constitutional values will be enforced”. Media and academic items on this story as well as the full judgement are provided below.

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