AUSTRALIA – A six-year-old Australian girl, a victim of lead poisoning, is taking on one of the world’s largest mining companies, XSTRATA PLC. Her lawyer alleges that emissions from the Mount Isa operations, 1,300 km northwest of Brisbane, caused her illness.
Queensland state health authorities said last December that 45 children in the local community of Mount Isa have dangerously high lead levels in their blood. Another report on the situation is due next month.
A similar class action suit has been launched in Oklahoma against PHELPS DODGE and its parent company FREEPORT-MCMORAN alleging the former Blackwell zinc plant is responsible for harmful lead levels in children living in the nearby town. (See The Northern Miner daily headlines for April 15, 2008.)