health Care Without Harm, a us -based coalition of environmental groups accused the World Bank of "environmental racism" for backing projects that fund dioxin-producing medical waste incinerators in 20 countries around the world. The coalition published the report that claimed the bank funded projects in Africa, the Americas and Asia where funds were used to buy incinerators which were more polluting that would be acceptable in countries such as the us . The World Bank denied the claims. David Hanrahan, a spokesman for the bank on environmental issues, said the bank never sought to fund polluting projects -- adding that the bank is formulating guidelines on medical waste management.
"It is incredibly ironic that the World Bank, an institution allegedly committed to environmental protection, is facilitating the spread of this dangerous technology to the developing countries," said Ann Leonard of the Washington-based Multinationals Resource Centre, which is part of the coalition.
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