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The complaint states that Exxon, as well as Shell, has refused to comply with the Brazilian government’s demand in January 2005 to stop the practice of storing chemicals at and below their facilities and to help workers and local residents with health complaints arising from the high concentrations of chemicals and heavy metals in their blood. The complainants charge the companies have demonstrated little concern for their own employees and local residents.
In June 2006, the Brazilian NCP conducted an initial assessment and accepted the complaint as a specific instance. The Dutch NCP also wrote to the Brazilian NCP and “offered its assistance in the handling of the instance’’ by providing suggestions on how it would handle the case and declaring it would closely follow the case. In its 16 October 2006 response, Exxon claimed that it was a minor partner in the Brazilian consortium accused of the violations and that Shell, as the lead partner and “facility operator”, should be responsible for responding to the allegations in the complaint. The NCP accepted this argument and thus dismissed the case against Exxon.References
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