Protest against Total in France

Two bits of good news this week, unless you happen to be a polluting company.

First our Swiss office has won a long running campaign to force several major chemical to clean up a major dump site in Switzerland. Novartis, Roche, Ciba, Syngenta and others have been ordered to pay E250 million to clean up one of the largest dump sites in the world to very high standards.

Then a French court ruled that the oil company Total must pay environmental damages for the Erika oil spill in 1999. More from our French office.

Both rulings uphold the polluter pays principle. Of course the polluters will probably appeal, hopefully the well paid lawyers get company off principle won't apply!