Kazakhstan’s parliament has approved a strict ecology bill, in a move expected to make some of the world’s leading metals miners spend more on treating their waste. Ashim told Reuters in an interview in March that the new law would have an impact on all companies that have mine tailings, in particular on Kazakhmys, Kazzinc and ENRC.
Kazakhmys is the world’s 10th-largest copper miner, while Eurasian Natural Resources Corp is the world’s largest ferrochrome producer and a major producer of iron ore, alumina and aluminium. Both companies are listed in London.
Glencore-controlled Kazzinc, formed in 1997 by the merger of three lead and zinc plants, is the largest zinc producer in the former Soviet Union. It also mines precious metals and copper.
See http://www.minesandcommunities.org/article.php?a=11271&l=1.