City health report prompts showdown with Shell


Brazilian municipalities typically leave environmental-health questions to state or federal authorities. But Paulínia, a small city northwest of São Paulo, departed from that pattern this year by checking up on a neighborhood near a pesticide plant formerly operated by a subsidiary of Royal Dutch/Shell. The result has been a bitter debate about whether residents’ health is at risk. Fueling the disagreement is a city-funded health report concluding that some of the 200 inhabitants of the neighborhood, Recanto dos Passaros, have organochlorines and other toxins in their blood. Based on the report, São Paulo state’s public health department (CVS) has recommended all residents be relocated. Says Elizeu Diniz, acting director of CVS: “The report’s findings, which are based on sound methodology, show there... [Log in to read more]

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