Glencore Xstrata: Environmental Pollution, Antamina Copper Mine, Peru

In June 2013, a Peruvian Glencore Xstrata subsidiary (33.75%), the Antamina copper mine, was fined $77,000 for spilling 45 tons of toxic slurry into the neighboring community of Cajacay.[1] The spill, which occurred in July 2012, caused extreme damage to the environment and poisoned around 350 residents, many of whom were children.[2] Local inhabitants were considering taking legal action against the Antamina mine.[3]

[1] (2013): Peru fines Antamina’s owners US$77,000 for toxic spill, 5 June, accessed 3.9.2013

[2] Bigstory (2012): Peru Villagers Allege Neglect After Toxic Spill, 4 September, accessed 3.9.2013

[3] Peru Support Group (2013): Antamina faces threat of legal action for toxic mining spill, 9 August, accessed 3.9.2013