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Toxic Waste From Ivory Coast Arrives in France


Toxic waste that has been blamed for 10 deaths in Ivory Coast is now in France for treatment and disposal.

A ship carrying sealed containers of waste Tuesday arrived in the port of Le Havre. France's Ecology Minister Nelly Olin is expected to oversee the unloading of the waste.

The shipment is the first of four that will transport the dangerous material from the Ivorian commercial capital of Abidjan to France.

A total of more than 5,000 tons of waste will be treated. After the waste is neutralized, it will be incinerated in southeastern France.

Ivory Coast officials say the crew of a tanker chartered by a Dutch company, Trafigura, illegally dumped the waste in Abidjan in August. Government officials say the hazardous chemicals killed 10 people and made more than 100,000 sick.

Trafigura has denied that the waste was toxic enough to cause the problems.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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