Rio, BOC urged to address Panguna's toxic legacy

A NEW report compiled by the Human Rights Law Centre has urged Rio Tinto and its former subsidiary, Bougainville Copper (BOC), to address the toxic legacy of the Panguna copper mine in the semi-autonomous region of Bougainville, which last year voted overwhelmingly to become the world’s newest nation.

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Panguna has been abandoned for decades. Picture courtesy HRLC.

An estimated US$2 billion in revenue was generated by what was one of the world's largest copper-gold mines over 17 years, of which about one-third went into Rio Tinto's (then CRA) pockets.

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