Brazil's CSN fined $3.25 mln for environmental violations

viernes 12 de febrero de 2016 20:07 GYT
 

RIO DE JANEIRO Feb 12 (Reuters) - Brazilian steelmaker Cia Siderurgcia Nacional was fined 13 million reais ($3.25 million) for failing to meet the conditions of an environmental and safety accord, public prosecutors in Rio de Janeiro said on Friday.

The fine was levied by the first civil court of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the prosecutors said.

The court unanimously declared that CSN, as the steelmaker is known, had failed to adopt measures included in a 2010 agreement with the Rio de Janeiro state environmental agency to reduce air, water and noise pollution as well as safety risks at CSN's Presidente Vargas Mill in Volta Redonda, Brazil.

CSN had told the court that it could not find qualified contractors to carry out the required work.

CSN officials could not be reached for comment.

($1 = 4.00 Brazilian reais) (Reporting by Jeb Blount; Editing by Sandra Maler)