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Peru villagers allege neglect after toxic spill

Author: Franklin Briceno, Bloomberg, Published on: 4 September 2012

More than a month after toxic slurry from a major copper mine sickened scores of people in one of Peru's highland communities, villagers complain that the mining company and the government have done little to help and have even failed to tell some parents that tests showed their children had been poisoned. Testing...after the...pipeline rupture found six children with unacceptably high levels of copper and one with similarly high levels of lead, but none have received any special care, Mayor Felipe Lazaro [said]...Antamina [joint venture BHP Billiton, Xstrata, Teck, Mitsubishi Corporation], has not responded to...AP phone and email requests to identify the toxic components of the slurry and details on medical care it is providing for the spill victims...The company did provide initial medical treatment for the villagers...

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Related companies: Antamina (joint venture BHP Billiton, Glencore, Teck, Mitsubishi Corporation) BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Group Teck Resources Xstrata (part of Glencore)