A new article in the Santiago Times describes multiple toxic spills at Anglo American’s Los Bronces mine in Chile. According to the article, a a truck transporting ammonium nitrate veered off the road near Santiago on March 28, spilling 20 tons of its toxic cargo just feet from a river feeding the Aguas Cordillera water treatment plant.
This incident was apparently not the first. There have been numerous spills, including a spill in 2011 of 790 gallons of ammonium nitrate spilling into and contaminating a nearby creek. The article quotes, “Since the arrival of Anglo American in 2000, it has become impossible to live here.”