New Zealand threatens to sue Rio Tinto over toxic waste handlingChristian Fernsby ▼ | February 14, 2020
New Zealand's environment minister has threatened Australian mining giant Rio Tinto with legal action over what he says is an outrageous failure to deal with toxic waste from an aluminium plant.
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“I can't reconcile it with their statements of corporate responsibility.”
Rio Tinto stores the waste from its Tiwai Point aluminium smelter in a disused paper mill in the South Island town, an hour away.
That waste is a class six hazardous substance, capable of generating poisonous ammonia gas when combined with water. ■