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Grupo Mexico faces charges over acid spill

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mexican environmental authorities are pressing charges against mining company Grupo Mexico over an acid spill in northwestern Sonora state that contaminated two rivers and left thousands of people without drinking water.

The federal environmental protection agency Profepa said it has filed charges with the Federal Attorney General's Office against Grupo Mexico mining units Buenavista del Cobre and Minera Mexico for alleged violations of environmental laws, including possible negligence in the handling of dangerous substances.

On August 6, around 40,000 cubic meters of copper sulfate acid solution spilled into the Bacanuchi and Sonora rivers from Grupo Mexico's Buenavista mine.

Source: Wall Street Journal