By John Donovan: We have been please to assist at their request an association representing former workers at a Shell/Basf Chemicals factory in Brazil. The factory was built in 1977 by Shell. Dozens of former employees of the plant have been diagnosed with prostate, thyroid and other types of cancer, circulatory, liver and intestinal illnesses, as well as infertility and sexual impotence. A settlement has just been announced, as per Associated Press story printed below.
WEDNESDAY 6 March 2013
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s top labor court says Shell Brasil SA and BASF SA have reached a compensation agreement with former workers allegedly contaminated at a pesticide plant in the state of Sao Paulo.
The court says Tuesday on its website the companies agreed to a pay compensation of close to 180,000 reals ($90,000) to each of the 1,068 workers who were allegedly contaminated.
They also agreed to provide workers with lifelong health plans valued at 200 million reals ($100 million).
The chemical plant operated from 1977 until it was closed in 2002. Shell originally owned it, but sold the operation to American Cyanamid in 1995. Germany-based BASF bought American Cyanamid in 2000 and took over the plant in the city of Paulinia.
Phone calls to Shell and BASF for comment went unanswered.
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