Swedish mining company found not responsible for poisoning Chileans

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For years, the children of Arica were playing on the pile of toxic waste, which contained large amounts of arsenic and lead. On this picture, a woman from another region of Chile shows similar toxic waste on her hands. (Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty Images)
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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