Court says toxic waste activist’s organisation can’t disburse compensation

By Incorrect Author 9 November 2009

An activist involved in claiming compensation from European oil firm Trafigura over dumping of toxic waste in Ivory Coast has been told by a court his organisation won’t be disbursing any money to victims. The National Coordination of Toxic Waste wanted 3% of a $45 million payout, but victims doubted he would pass the money on. Trafigura earlier agreed to pay 30,000 victims in an out-of-court settlement, in addition to some $200m it has already paid the Ivorian government. While Trafigura and the plaintiffs' lawyers agree that a link between the dumped waste and subsequent deaths has not been proved, Trafigura suppressed a report which details how it could cause serious burns. Read more: BBC, The Telegraph

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