News last update:6 Aug 2012

Authorities shut down Cargill's port

Cargill Inc.'s deep-water Amazon River port was shut down by authorities on Saturday saying the huge U.S. agribusiness firm failed to provide an environmental impact statement required by law, reports said.

Environmentalists praised the closure, calling it a milestone in attempts to push the government to more effectively police a region where lawlessness often prevails. On Saturday, Cargill said that it plans to appeal the ruling and that it had submitted an environmental impact statement that was accepted by the Amazon state of Para, where Santarem, a sleepy jungle city about 1,250 miles northwest of Sao Paulo, is located.

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