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Brazil Ibama unearths buried agchems

The Brazilian environmental agency, the Ibama, last week found some 14,000 litres of pesticides buried under earth. Agents visited a company’s site with a warrant following a tip off and excavated land before finding the first appearance some 2.5 m down. It called local authorities in Sao Paulo to investigate contamination of soil. The unnamed company was issued notification of legal action amounting to R$201,400 (US$81,000) in fines for the improper disposal of a toxic product that was dangerous to human health and the environment. It has also been notified to submit a primary survey within 30 days. That should detail the interred contaminant material. The company is to provide environmental monitoring of the specified area by a qualified professional to verify the presence of soil contaminants.

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