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Brazil’s IBAMA May Embargo Norwegian Hydro Alunorte’s Operations

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s Environment Ministry (MMA) announced on Monday that it has asked Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) to take all legal measures necessary to stop damages being caused by the seepage of toxic water from Norwegian company Hydro Alunorte into the water supply of the municipality of Barcarena, in the Northern Brazilian state of Para.

"The population has no access to drinking water and the company will have to explain and respond to the socio-environmental damage in the region," Environment Minister Sarney Filho told reporters . . .

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