STOCKHOLM (AP) — A group of 707 Chileans is suing Swedish mining company Boliden, demanding 91 million kronor ($13.9 million) in compensation for injuries sustained from toxic waste the company dumped in northern Chile.
The lawsuit filed with a Swedish district court Monday claims Boliden exported 20,000 tons of mining waste to the Chilean town of Arica in the mid-1980s despite knowing it was highly toxic.
Citizens in a residential area called Polygono claim the waste, which includes high levels of arsenic, led and quicksilver, has given them health problems such as cancer, bone aches, breathing difficulties, rashes and miscarriages.
Boliden claims the responsibility lies with Chilean authorities, who allowed houses to be built near the dump site in the 1990s, and the Chilean company Promel that Boliden sold the waste to.
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