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NorWatch has revealed that the Norwegian company Norsk Hydro makes use of the hazardous cadmium in its plastic production in India. Cadmium, according to SFT (the governmental pollution control board in Norway) is prohibited as a dye in polypropane plastics in Norway. In Sweden, since 1982, the dye has generally been prohibited in plastics. And in the entire EEA it is strictly regulated. In Norway, no plastic producer uses cadmium. Nevertheless, Norsk Hydro will not promise to stop the use of cadmium at its partly owned factory, Hydro S&S, located in Pudukottai in India. They promise only to 'discuss case'.
-Cadmium in plastics belongs to the stone age, says Mr. Jon Øyvind Selmer, PVC-elected Representative of Norsk Hydro the Workers Union at Herøya. .
The consultancy company Norplan has the responsibility for information and public participation concerning the gigantic Hidrovia project in South America (see newsletter 5/96). Now Norplan reaps criticism from affected groups and environmental organisations. The opponents to the project describe Norplan's work as pure cosmetic work aimed at improving the reputation of the intergovernmental committee behind the job. Norplan does not understand the criticism, though they are not entirely satisfied with the job themselves. The last summary of the environmental impact assessment made by Norplan was censored by the client.