Thyssen Krupp is Responsible for Environmental Destruction in Brazil
The facilities of German
corporation Thyssen Krupp
have led to the environmental destruction of Sepetiba
Craft fishermen associations
This group of corporations is
planning to build a mega siderurgical plant -and a
port terminal- where 4.8 million tons of steel in plate will be manufactured
every year to export mainly to
The installation of this consortium implies the bay's environmental destruction, as well as the dismantling of a vast area of mangroves, even though they are considered Permanent Protection Areas by the Brazilian law.
However, the most concerning aspect of the craft fishermen's accusation is the spill on the bay's mirror-still water of mud polluted with heavy metals, coming from dredgings with high impacts that are forming islands of sediment in the mouth of rivers that flow into the bay. Also, they report the obstructing of rivers and canals with iron plates, which prevent fishing in places that have been used by craft fishermen for over 200 years.
These incidents have affected several fundamental rights in the communities living by the bay. Not only to their right to work, but also the right to free circulation, since the obstructions prevent the residents of the area from coming and going through the mirror-still water.
Even worse, according to the
plaintiffs, Brazilian politicians have turned a deaf ear to the demands of the
fishermen and environmental organizations, arguing that this project is
The case filed before the PPT
implies a reflection on the exclusive and polluting economic model adopted in
Key issues: Infrastructure for exploitation
Denouncing organizations: Instituto de Politicas Alternativas para o Cone Sul – PACS, Associações de Pescadores Artesanais da Baía de Sepetiba, Fórum de Meio Ambiente e de Qualidade de Vida do Povo Trabalhador da Zona Oeste e da Baía de Sepetiba (Brasil).