Smelting and Refining Copper in Chile: The Importance of Local Pollutants
Working Papers from University of Chile, Department of Economics
This work aims to illustrate the importance of local pollutants in the copper smelting and refining process. While there is a benefit to the global atmosphere of smelting and refining all copper in Chile, as shown by Sturla et al. (2020), it is necessary to take into account that, if such a policy is implemented, the country will have to bear a high pollution burden. Thus, this work addresses aspects that cannot be left out of a policy for copper concentrate: i) recognize the problem, ii) identify the most important pollutants, iii) review national and international literature, iv) identify problems associated with health and the environment, v) show the example of a slaughter area in Chile, and vi) refer to some estimated costs for the identified impacts. The work has a more informative than conclusive role, fundamentally as an input for a public policy for Chilean copper.
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