Brazilian authorities shut down a soybean shipping port on the
Federal police agent Cesar Dessimoni says in an Associated Press release that authorities faced no resistance shutting down the port.
The company had prepared an environmental assessment, but it apparently did not meet
Opponents of soy expansion in and around the Amazon rainforest say that Cargill's $20 million Amazon port, opened three years ago, is banking on the government building a promised paved highway 1,100 miles through the rainforest from the soy state of Mato Grosso to Santarem, where Cargill's port is located.
Cargill says that an environmental impact report had been accepted by the state of
"We find ourselves caught in a jurisdictional dispute between the state and federal government about which regulations have precedence," Cargill spokeswoman Lori Johnson says. "When we built the facility, the permits were issued by the state. "Since that time the federal prosecutor has said we should have done another kind of environmental assessment and that is the issue before the courts."