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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