Mexican mining firm complains about probe of spill
Mexican firm complains about government probe of toxic spill
Associated Press
2014-08-21 11:01 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican mining conglomerate Grupo Mexico is complaining about what it calls "punitive" legal actions by environmental authorities after one of the company's mines spilled of millions of gallons of copper sulfate and heavy metals into two rivers and a reservoir.

Officials have said the company lied about what caused the Aug. 7 spill and the measures it supposedly took to control the effects of the spill. Officials say inspectors will review all the firm's operations and it could face fines of up to $3 million and potential criminal charges.

Grupo Mexico said in a full-page ad Thursday such actions were uncalled for, "given the unforeseeable nature of the incident and the company's prompt and complete response."

Thousands of people had their water supplies cut off after the spill.

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