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Grupo México division faces charge over mine’s acid spill

Keywords: Tags  Buenavista Mine, copper sulfate, Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection, Profepa, Buenavista del Cobre, Grupo México, lawsuit, Securities and Exchange Commission Saranya Kapur

NEW YORK — A criminal complaint has been filed against Buenavista del Cobre SA de CV by Mexico’s Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) stemming from an acid spill at the company’s Buenavista copper mine into the Sonora River.

The company, a subsidiary of Grupo México SAB de CV, could face a 40-million-peso ($3.04-million) penalty and payment of the cost of the cleanup and remediation of the polluted area, as well as economic compensation to people who may have been affected by the spill, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

Heavy rains on Aug. 6 caused a spill that led to 40,000 cubic meters of acid solution of copper sulfate into the river, according to Grupo México.

"(Buenavista del Cobre) has complied with all authorities’ requirements, including monitoring activities as well as remedial investigations and feasibility studies following determinations made by the National Water Commission Authority and Profepa," the filing said. "The company intends to defend itself against all allegations and considers that this event will not have a material adverse impact on its operations and financial condition."

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