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UPDATE 1-Chile's SQM bets on higher sales, demand for lithium, announces new expansion

19 Nov 2020

SANTIAGO, Nov 19 Chilean miner SQM announced on Thursday plans for a fresh expansion of its Chile lithium operations by 2023, predicting its sales of the electric vehicle battery metal would continue their growth through 2021 even as profits flounder.

Exclusive: Lithium giants Albemarle and SQM battle over access to Atacama water study

17 Nov 2020

SANTIAGO U.S.-based Albemarle Corp, the world's largest lithium producer, has accused its top rival, Chilean miner SQM, and local regulators of seeking to keep secret a coveted report about the environmental impact of lithium mining in Chile's Salar de Atacama, according to a filing made by its lawyers.

Chile vows to take lithium giant Albemarle to arbitration over royalty spat

12 Nov 2020

SANTIAGO, Nov 12 Chilean regulators have accused Albemarle, the world's largest lithium producer, of underpaying royalties by $11 million and vowed to take the U.S.-based miner to international arbitration over what they called a breach of its contract with the government.

Chile embarks on path to drafting new constitution after referendum

26 Oct 2020

SANTIAGO Chileans began the long process of writing a new constitution on Monday following a landslide vote in favor of the project by citizens who want the unabashedly capitalist country's principles to enshrine greater equality in healthcare, pensions and education.

Chile anniversary rallies turn violent as churches burned, police fire tear gas

19 Oct 2020

SANTIAGO Tens of thousands of Chileans gathered in the central square of Santiago to mark the one-year anniversary of mass protests that left over 30 dead and thousands injured, with peaceful rallies on Sunday devolving by nightfall into riots and looting. | Video

Chile lithium miner SQM says to slash water, brine use at Atacama

09 Oct 2020

SANTIAGO, Oct 8 Chilean miner SQM said late Thursday it would immediately slash its use of both fresh water and lithium-rich brine from Chile's Atacama salt flat in a push to reduce the overall impact of its operations. The announcement comes two months after SQM lost a high profile legal battle that forced it to begin again on a plan to make amends for over-pumping brine from the environmentally sensitive Atacama. The salt flat is home to nearly one-quarter of the world's current supply of lithium, a key ingredient in the batteries that power electric vehicles.

How a Chilean raspberry scam dodged food safety controls from China to Canada

06 Oct 2020

SANTIAGO In January 2017, Chilean Customs inspectors acted on a tip from a whistleblower: The country’s prized crop of raspberries was under threat.

UPDATE 1-Chilean regulators file charges against state-run ENAP over Quintero pollution crisis

24 Sep 2020

SANTIAGO, Sept 24 Chile´s top environmental regulator on Thursday filed charges against state energy company ENAP over allegations its Quintero port facilities emitted air pollution that may have sickened hundreds during an incident in 2018.

Chilean regulators file charges against state-run ENAP over Quintero pollution crisis

24 Sep 2020

SANTIAGO Chile´s top environmental regulator on Thursday filed charges against state energy company ENAP over allegations its Quintero port facilities emitted air pollution that may have sickened hundreds during an incident in 2018.

Exclusive: Lithium giant Albemarle locks horns with Chile over reserves data

10 Sep 2020

SANTIAGO Albemarle, the world's largest lithium producer, is locked in a feud with Chilean regulators over how it calculates its reserves of the ultralight metal, a potential risk to its plans to ramp up production.

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