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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-14-08 12:24 PM
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Colombian Bogota Fines Femsa COP201 Million For Pollution (Coca Cola Company)
Colombian Bogota Fines Femsa COP201 Million For Pollution
August 12, 2008: 02:13 PM EST

BOGOTA -(Dow Jones)- The council of Colombian capital Bogota fined the local unit of Mexico-based soft-drink bottler Coca-Cola Femsa SA (KOF) 201 million Colombian pesos, or about $110,000, for dumping industrial waste waters in marshes located in the city's outskirts.

After paying the fine, Femsa will have to stop polluting the Capellania marshes, which are a refuge for dozens of birds in the outskirts of Bogota, the Bogota's environment secretary, Juan Antonio Nieto, said in a statement.

"We won't be flexible with those who caused the environment damage in the capital city. When paying this fine, Coca-Cola will have to meet the obligations regarding the district and to respect the current environmental rules," Nieto said.

The council's environment secretary's office said Femsa had been polluting the wetlands with industrial waste waters since 2006.

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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-14-08 12:31 PM
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1. Colombia as a Model for Latin America
Colombia as a Model for Latin America
by Leonard Morin / August 4th, 2008


As Libardo Sarmiento, an economist and editor of the magazine Cepa, puts it: The Colombian government has steadily been opening the Colombian economy more and more to U.S. corporations ever since 1985. The free trade agreement between Colombia and the U.S. is the marriage after a long courtship. Simultaneous with the internationalization of the Colombian economy, economic power has become concentrated in fewer hands. There are now only 17 banks in Colombia while in 1990 there were over double that many.7 Since the Colombian bourgeoisie is now so linked to foreign capital, it forms a reduced segment of the movement to stop the FTA compared to the movements in other Latin American countries. So the debate over the Colombia-U.S. FTA is chiefly a battle between the right and the left; or more fundamentally, a battle between the rich and the poor.

According to Sarmiento, the violence that has raged in Colombia over the past decades is a struggle for economic power. In order to carry out macroprojects for oil, wood, gold, silver, and other raw materials, the government and the paramilitaries have massively displaced the campesino, indigenous, and Afro-Colombian populations in the countryside. There are currently 3.5 million persons who have been forcibly displaced as part of the effort to accommodate the pillaging of the countrys raw materials; 552,000 of those are external refugees.8 As Aura Rodrguez, of Corporacin Cactus, a group that campaigns against the Colombia-U.S. FTA, puts it: If you were to map out the paramilitary activity in Colombia and then superimpose a map of the countrys natural resources, they would coincide completely. Estimates range from 31,000 to two million deaths in Colombias civil war.9

In addition to exploiting the countrys raw materials, the multinationals exploit Colombias workforce. Apparently in an effort to facilitate the passing and implementation of the free trade agreement, the Colombian government recently passed a law extending Colombias regular workday from twelve to sixteen hours, i.e., from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. so that working evening hours no longer gives entitlement to overtime pay.10 Since 1985, more than 2,500 trade unionists have been killed.11 Drummond Company and Coca-Cola, among others, have been accused of paying paramilitaries to bust unions. Cincinnati-based Chiquita brands pleaded guilty in a U.S. court last year to funding Colombian paramilitaries.

While the paramilitary violence seems to have somewhat subsided, the Colombian governments perpetration of human rights violations skyrocketed from 17 percent when President lvaro Uribe took office in 2002 to 56 percent at the end of his first term in 2006.12 While some have noted a decline in union assassinations, others have pointed out that as more unionists and union leaders have been killed, there less are left to kill. In Guatemala, killings of unionists dropped during the DR-CAFTA negotiations but then increased sharply once the treaty had been implemented.13

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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-14-08 12:33 PM
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2. Coca-Cola Femsa Faces US$ 111,000 Fine over Contamination in Bogota
Coca-Cola Femsa Faces US$ 111,000 Fine over Contamination in Bogota
by Paula Alvarado, Buenos Aires on 08.14.08

Industria Nacional de Gaseosas, a subsidiary of the biggest bottler of Coca-Cola trademark beverages in Latin America (Coca-Cola FEMSA), has been fined with a US$111,000 bill by the Bogota District Environmental Office for illegal spilling of industrial waste in Colombia's capital sewage system and wetlands.

In an official communication, the chief of the Office -Juan Nieto Escalante-, said: "we are not going to be flexible with those responsible for environmental damages to the capital. By paying this disciplinary measure Coca-Cola will honor its obligations and will accept the current environmental norms."

Via Minutouno.

Coca-Cola Femsa's Investigation in Bogota

According to the official communication from Bogota's Environmental Office (SDA, for its Spanish abbreviation), the problems with Industria Nacional de Gaseosas began in 2006, when the company's spilling permit for its plant located in Fontabon expired.

After the company requested a new permit, Colombia's Sewage System administrator presented a technical report which recommended the SDA not to concede it. The report said the company was spilling industrial waste in the sewage, which flowed into the Capellania wetland.

In May 2007 the SDA declared there were new key issues to evaluate the permit, and its Water Control and Quality Division registered the plant. It was then proved that the company's venue had five spilling points, four of them never declared and some of them discharging industrial waste without treatment.

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Bacchus39 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-14-08 12:50 PM
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3. good for Colombia n/t
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