Judge Endorses African Toxic Waste Dumping Settlement, Company Says


LONDON, England (CNN) -- A London judge has endorsed a settlement potentially worth about $46 million in the case of toxic waste dumping in the West African country of Ivory Coast, the company at the center of the suit announced Wednesday.

But neither the Royal Courts of Justice, where the settlement was before a judge, nor the firm representing the African plaintiffs, would confirm that the settlement had been finalized.

Trafigura, the huge oil and minerals trading company, had offered about $1,530 (950 British pounds) to about 30,000 people who had said the dumping of toxic waste by a contractor working for Trafigura in 2006 made them sick.

Trafigura denies responsibility for the actions of the contractor and said studies it commissioned showed the toxic waste could not have caused deaths, miscarriages or other serious injuries.

A United Nations report linked the dumping of the waste to 15 deaths and up to 100,000 illnesses.

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