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International Update Volume 42, Issue 28

INDONESIA REVOKES PALM OIL PERMIT AFTER CLEARING BAN BREACH

Indonesia, Norway

The Aceh province in Indonesia revoked a controversial palm oil permit issued to a firm accused of breaching a forest clearing ban. "It is important that there is rule of law in business and investing in Aceh, which provides benefits to the community," said the director of the Aceh chapter of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment. Last May, Indonesia agreed to set a two-year moratorium on new permits to clear primary forests and peatlands as part of a $1 billion deal with Norway.

REPORT: NO MEASURES IN PLACE TO PREVENT HAZARDOUS WASTE DUMPING IN DEVELOPING WORLD

Ivory Coast, Netherlands

There is still nothing to stop the dumping of hazardous waste in developing countries more than six years after Trafigura's actions, according to a new report on a three-year investigation by Greenpeace and Amnesty International. Trafigura, a global oil trader, was convicted in a Dutch court for illegally exporting waste to dump in the Ivory Coast after it shipped chemical waste and disposed of it, untreated, at various dumping sites around Abidjan. The public health crisis allegedly affected more than 100,000 people, causing breathing difficulties, nausea, and burning skin.

CHEVRON PAYS FINE TO BRAZIL FOR OIL SPILL

Brazil

Chevron paid Brazil a $12.1 million fine for irregularities related to an oil spill northeast of Rio de Janeiro in November, according to a statement released by the country's oil regulator last week. Chevron received a 30 percent discount for paying promptly and not challenging the violations. Executives with Chevron and Transocean still face up to $20 billion in damages in a civil suit and up to 31 years in prison for last year's 3,600 barrel spill, as Brazil increasingly scrutinizes environmental damage.