COLOMBIA: Coca-Cola FEMSA disputes pollution fine
Coca-Cola FEMSA has said it plans to appeal against a fine imposed on the group this week for polluting land in Colombia.
The Mexico-based bottler of Coca-Cola, part of the FEMSA company, yesterday (13 August) disputed the COP201m (US$109,000) fine handed out by local authorities in Colombia's capital, Bogota.
The fine followed a ruling that the unit had contaminated land on the city's outskirts by illegally dumping waste.
Coca-Cola FEMSA said the origin of contamination "has not been identified", however. It added that tests by the council's Environment Secretariat were not conclusive and that soil may have been contaminated by the nearby sewage system.
The firm re-iterated "its commitment to continue working and caring for the environment", and said it planned legal action "so that the Secretariat reconsiders its resolution".
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