Burma Update: antimony mine rusePublished by MAC on 2006-06-02
Burma Update: antimony mine ruse
2nd June 2006
Last March we published a story about a tin/antimony processsing plant in Three Pagodas Pass, a border town between Thailand and Burma through which the infamous WW 2 Japanese 'Death Railroad' used to pass. The plant, reportedly owned by the Nawarat Co of Thailand, was briefly closed down at the time because of complaints about toxic fumes and wild-life being poisoned in a lake into which plant effluents flowed. The mine, which provides ore to the plant, is located close to the border around half a day's drive from the town. It employs about 60 workers.
The Australian government has a good website on the possible harmful effects of antimony on health and the environment www.npi.gov.au/database/substance-info/profiles/10.html
[Comment by Eric Snider, Canada]