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MOZAMBIQUE: The double standards of BHP Billiton   3

WESTERN SAHARA: Bou Craa phosphate mine   4

PHILIPPINES: BHP Billiton pulls out of Hallmark Nickel   5

CAMBODIA: How “tea-money” got BHP-Billiton into hot water   6

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Ok Tedi – a legacy of destruction   8

BORNEO: Exploiting mining rights in the Heart of Borneo   10

COLOMBIA: the Cerrejon Coal mine 11

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Olympic Dam Mine 13

Yeelirrie ‘Wanti - Uranium leave it in the ground’ 15
MOZAMBIQUE: The double standards of BHP Billiton

Co-written by Vanessa Cabanelas and Natalie Lowrey

BHP Billiton operates the Mozal aluminium smelter located 17 kilometres from Maputo, in a densely populated area in the outskirts of Matola city. Officially opened on 29 September 2000, the joint venture includes BHP Billiton (47.1 per cent), Mitsubishi Corporation (25 per cent), International Finance Corporation (IFC) (24 per cent), and the Government of Mozambique (3.9 per cent).

Civil society groups are challenging a six-month authorisation allowing aluminium giant BHP Billiton to emit potentially dangerous fumes from its Mozal smelter into the air without treating them first.

On 5 April 2010, Mozal announced at a public meeting its intention to bypass two Fumes Treatment Centres (FTCs) for six months at its carbon plant, which re-processes and produces anodes for use in producing aluminium. This matter was already in negotiation for special authorisation with the Ministry for Co-ordination of Environmental Affairs (MICOA). No further clarification on the issue was given except that it would cause no harm whatsoever to the surrounding communities or to the environment.

On 8 April 2010, Justiça...