Xstrata to face day in court

Xstrata will defend itself in court against claims that the company's mining activities has caused high blood-lead levels in some Mt Isa Children.

Xstrata will defend itself in court against claims that the company’s mining activities has caused high blood-lead levels in some Mt Isa Children.

Lawyer Damien Scattini told ABC News he has launched a sixth legal challenge against the miner, its consortium Mount Isa Mines, the Mount Isa City Council and the Queensland Government on behalf of a 13-year-old boy.

He says the boy used to live in the north-west Queensland mining city.

Scattini will argue the boy has lead poisoning and personal injuries because of lead exposure.

Xstrata’s Steve de Kruijff said the company takes the issue of public health seriously and will defend the action.

A Queensland Health investigation last year found that 11% of children tested in the city had unsafe blood-lead levels.

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