Signs outside Boliden's copper smelter plant in Skellefteå.
Signs outside Boliden's copper smelter plant in Skellefteå. Credit: Johanna Norin/TT

Mining company found not responsible for poisoning Chileans

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The Skellefteå district court dismissed a lawsuit on Thursday against Swedish mining company Boliden that claimed it was responsible for health problems allegedly caused by its toxic waste dumped in northern Chile.

Boliden has denied any negligence, saying that both Promel, the Chilean company it paid to handle the waste from its Swedish copper smelter plant, and the Chilean health authorities are responsible for what happened.

Swedish lawyer Johan Öberg represented the some 800 Chilean plantiffs seeking damages from Boliden. He calls Thursday's verdict a disappointment and says an appeal is likely.

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