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News Summary: Chileans sue Swedish miner for waste

The Associated Press

THE LAWSUIT: About 700 Chileans sued Swedish mining company Boliden, demanding $13.9 million in compensation for health problems allegedly caused by toxic waste the company dumped in northern Chile.

THE CLAIM: The lawsuit claims Boliden exported 20,000 tons of mining waste to the Chilean town of Arica in the 1980s, despite knowing it was highly toxic. The Chileans say it has given them health problems. including cancer and miscarriages.

COMPANY CLAIM: Boliden said it regrets what happened in Arica, but 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 paid to take care of the waste.