A UK-based oil trading company appears close to a settlement in a court case over the dumping of toxic waste in Ivory Coast.
Trafigura denies it was to blame for the killing of 17 people and the hospitalisation of dozens more, in an incident that caused about 100,000 people to seek medical treatment. Waste from a ship chartered by the company was dumped in 17 sites in Abidjan in 2006. While Trafigura appears close to settling some 30,000 claims, and has already paid money to the Ivorian government, it still maintains the waste was not toxic and could not have caused illnesses. Last year, two Ivorian men contracted to handle the dumping were convicted and jailed. A UN report yesterday backed claims that there is strong evidence that the dumping was responsible for illness. Greenpeace has launched separate legal action, amid fresh media claims about how much the company knew about the waste.