Disaster at Glencore-owned mine in Kazakhstan

Last month yet another mining disaster occurred — though unsurprisingly, it received no international press coverage. Pollution from a zinc mine waste dump in the mining town of Ridder, Kazakhstan, spilled into the Ulba and Filippovka rivers, which flows near the Kazakhstan-Russian border, and headed toward the Siberian city of Omsk. The mine’s operators, Kazzinc Inc Ltd., is a subsidiary of Glencore, one of the largest multinational mining companies in the world.

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