Latin America

Brazil Turns Down Aluminium Quotas in “Capone-Like” Negotiations with Trump Administration

Brazil Turns Down Aluminium Quotas in “Capone-Like” Negotiations with Trump Administration

Though characterized by Trump administration officials as the adoption of a preliminary agreement to exempt the country from the blanket aluminium tariffs lately imposed upon all importers, officials from the Brazilian government took to the record late last week to reveal that...


Pair of Independent Investigations Find No Pollution by Alunorte

Norsk Hydro A.S.A. reported the findings of two reviews of the ongoing situation at Alumina do Norte do Brasil S.A.’s (Alunorte) refining plant, both of which confirm the company’s contention that the plant released no toxins during a flooding event several weeks ago. The two reports, of which one was a review by an internal […]

Hydro Challenges State Tests Finding Heavy Metal Pollution at Alunorte Alumina Refinery

Though immediately challenged by Norsk Hydro, a Brazilian federal government study says that the waters in the vicinity of Alumina do Norte do Brasil S.A.’s (Alunorte) refining plant show elevated levels of heavy metals. In comments to domestic media Wednesday, public health researcher Marcelo Lima of Brazil’s Health Ministry organ Evandro Chagas Institute said that […]

U.S. Trade Reps At Negotiating Table with E.U., Australian, and Argentinian Reps Over Trump Aluminium Tariffs

A top trade official in the Trump Administration told a United States legislative committee that the executive branch is discussing exclusions to the blanket 10-percent aluminium tariffs with trade representatives from the European Union, Australia, and Argentina, and indicated that talks may soon open with the government of Brazil. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer made […]

Norsk Hydro Expands Independent Review of Alunorte Alumina Refinery

Prompted at least in part by an infraction notice from the state government, Norsk Hydro A.S.A. announced yesterday that it is expanding the scope of the independent review currently being undertaken at Alumina do Norte do Brasil S.A. (Alunorte). In a press release issued yesterday, Hydro said that an infraction notice from Pará State Environment […]