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Thursday, April 10, 2003

A reservoir used to store caustic soda + chlorine at a wood-pulping factory in Brazil has leaked 1.2 billion litres of toxic waste into two rivers...

This serious pollution has killed large amounts of wildlife + denied 500,000 people access to drinking water!

So far the wood-pulping company, Cataguazes, has been fined almost $15 million and it could also face criminal charges.

In addition to the authorities acquiring the resources necessary to cope with such an emergency WWF-Brazil are calling for a system of alerts + regular water-quality monitoring to be set up...

Thanks to Erica Moret for forwarding this story.