Glencore Xstrata: Constant breaches of sulphur dioxide levels in Mount Isa

The Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage in Australia publishes daily figures on the sulphur dioxide emissions in Mount Isa, Australia, which result from Glencore Xstrata´s copper smelting operations there. A synopsis of these daily figures showed that in 55 days in 2013 the levels of sulphur dioxide were higher than the national breaches set by the authority. Glencore Xstrata, however, has been exempted from keeping the breaches until 2016. Until then, they want to implement a transitional environmental plan.[1]

In 2011, another study concluded that 11% of children showed elevated rates of lead in their blood which were also foisted on Glencore Xstrata´s operations.[2]

[1] (2014): Sulphur dioxide concern, 21 January, accessed 27.1.2014

[2] (2013): Xstrata mining emissions causing lead poisoning in Mount Isa children: report, 17 June, accessed 27.1.2014