Xstrata Mt Isa Mines is facing court proceedings over alleged charges of negligence.
Along with the Mt Isa City Council and the Queensland Government, it is facing the charges relating to the levels of lead in the city.
Xstrata Copper North Queensland chief operating officer Steve de Kruijff said they are prepared to face the alleged claims.
“Mount Isa is a very safe place to live, and has some of the most intensive air quality monitoring systems of any city in Australia,” Kruijff said.
“We stand by our record of never exceeding regulatory limits for respirable lead at any air monitor in the Mt Isa community since acquiring Mount Isa Mines in 2003.”
The company is also a found member of the Living with Lead Alliance, which informs residents on how to live safely in area where lead exists, and has also invested more than $250 million on over 150 environmental initiatives since 2003.
It also opened a 24 hour complaint line as well as a website where local residents can lodge complaints and see the latest project information from the mine.
Kruijff added that Xstrata has also “provided free blood lead tests for Mt Isa residents since 1993.”
The Medical Journal of Australia has published reports stating that in Mt Isa, on average, one child will exceed safe lead levels every nine days.
However, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has come out saying recent testing showed that only 5% of children had unacceptably high levels of lead, a reduction from 11% two years previously.
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