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Servatis to pay for agchem pollution of river

Brazilian company Servatis (Resende) is to cease production of several pesticide products as part of a deal following a river pollution incident, official news agency Agencia Brasil reports. It has signed an adjusted terms contract, committing to investing R$38 million (US$75 million) in response to an environmental fine. It was responsible for an “accident in which it released 8,000 litres of [endosulfan] insecticide into the Paraiba do Sul River four years ago”, Agencia Brasil reports. The funds will go into environmental research activities, including clean-up and remediation of the polluted river. The company has agreed to cease production of six insecticides, including endosulfan, and seven herbicides within five years. Servatis will switch its business towards biotechnology and pharmaceutical products, Agencia Brasil adds. The company was also the recipient of fines from the national health surveillance agency, the Anvisa, last year over lack of controls in the reprocessing of pesticides at the behest of BASF ( Agrow No 626, p 20).

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