Indigenous groups in Chile’s Atacama push to see SQM’s operations shut down

Indigenous groups in Chile’s lithium-rich Atacama salt flat said that they will push to see SQM’s environmental permits revoked and its operations shut down. The Atacama Indigenous Council, in 2019, filed a lawsuit demanding regulators scrap a $25 million remediation plan developed by SQM after officials charged the miner with over-pumping lithium-rich brine from the salt flat. The indigenous groups won but the regulators appealed and defended the SQM plan to Chile’s Supreme Court. However, the regulators suddenly pulled out of the legal battle, forcing SQM to start again from scratch on a new plan.

Source: Reuters