Albemarle accuses SQM & regulators of blocking access to Atacama water study

Albemarle Corp has accused SQM and local regulators of seeking to keep secret a coveted report about the environmental impact of lithium mining in Chile’s Salar de Atacama. The report aims to stamp out uncertainty over the sustainability of mining activity that has long cast a pall over the sensitive salt flat, home to one-quarter of the world’s current output of lithium, but also indigenous communities, protected areas, and endangered flamingos. Both companies contributed to the report, but whereas SQM’s contract with Corfo allows it to review working drafts of studies commissioned by the agency, Albemarle’s contract does not.

Source: Reuters