13 August 1998
Mining company faces legal
action over toxic flood
BOLIDEN is facing legal proceedings for the rupture of a tailings dam in Spain this year which polluted farmland.
The Canadian mining company took a US$34 million (£20.9m) special charge in its second-quarter results for the failure in April of the dam at the Los Frailes zine mine, operated by its wholly-owned Apirsa subsidiary.
Some 4m m3 of acidic water and more than 4m m3 of tailings were discharged into a nearby river.
Legal proceedings are under way to determine responsibility and liability for damages.
- Toxic waste devastation for Spanish farmers, FWi, 28 April
- Financial Times 13/08/98 page 26