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AES settles Dominican Republic toxic waste dump case

Santo Domingo.- The transnational power company AES Corp. has settled a lawsuit accusing it of allowing one of its units to dump coal ash on Dominican Republic shores, which allegedly caused a spate of birth defects in children, Bloomberg reports.

“AES was slated to go to trial in state court in Delaware Monday over the birth-defect claims, but Kim Cephas, a court official, said the case had settled. The terms of the accord weren’t available,” the outlet said.

According to Bloomberg, the families of three Dominican children born without limbs, who suffered from gastrointestinal and other defects, sought about US$30 million in damages, noting that he case was the first of more than a half dozen set for trial in Delaware against AES.

“The Shares of Arlington, Virginia-based AES fell more than 1. 4 percent on news of the settlement and closed at (US)$11.36, down more than 1.8 percent, in New York Stock Exchange composite trading,” the report said.

It said the parents of Maximiliano Calcaño, Isael Altagracia Andujar and Estanlyn Garcia Deogracia, the three Dominican children, sued AES, which is incorporated in Delaware, in 2009.

“The Dominican government alleged an AES unit illegally dumped more than 57,000 tons of the ash from its coal-fired plant in Guayama, Puerto Rico, onto the areas of Manzanillo and Samana Bay in the island’s northern section.”

It adds that two other women sued AES claiming in-utero exposure to the coal ash led to the early deaths of their children, who were also born with birth defects, according to court filings. “The parents contend alleged AES officials misled them and Dominican officials into believing the coal ash wasn’t toxic and “might be profitably utilized by the residents of Samana as construction material,” according to the filings.”

The case is Pallano (Payano) v. AES Corp., N09C-11-021, Superior Court of Delaware (Wilmington).

Source: DT

April 10, 2016

Category: DR News |

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