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Brazil port policing toughens up after illegal UK waste found

Tougher policing of Brazilian ports regarding environmental crimes is to be implemented after around 100 containers of illegally exported UK waste were found at its ports. (see MRW story)

The Brazilian minister of the environment Carlos Minc said he will reinforce environmental surveillance at Brazilian ports using the Inter-ministerial Committee to Fight Against Environmental Crimes - which includes the ministries of environment and justice, the federal police and national force.

Minc said: How could countries that say they do everything to protect the environment with technology, fund and materials means send their domestic, chemical and industrial waste to poor and developing countries to be burned and buried?

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Environment and the Brazilian 
Institute of Environment and Renewable Resources (IBAMA) are still evaluating the need for additional measures.

The six companies involved in the import to Brazil have been fined $1.3 million.

IBAMA sealed 41 containers of the illegally exported waste last week, ready to be repatriated by the UK Environment Agency.


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