Protestors accuse Antamina of pollution

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

A group of some 250 local residents blocked roads to Peru's Antamina copper-zinc mine for several hours Monday (Nov 19) to protest alleged environmental damage, an Antamina representative said.

The company reached an agreement to dissolve the movement Monday afternoon and did not feel any impact on production, the representative told BNamericas.

Those blocking roads were demanding the relocation of their homes due to supposed contamination in the areas surrounding the Ayash river nearby.

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According to the Antamina representative, studies carried out by a local university and the US-based Center for Disease Control have not identified harmful concentrations of metals in the area.

Anglo-Australian BHP Billiton (NYSE: BHP) and Switzerland-based Xstrata (LSE: XTA) control Antamina, each with 33.75% of the mine leaving, Japan's Mitsubishi with 10% and Canada's Teck Cominco (NYSE, TSX: TCK) with the remaining 22.5%.