Lithium giant Albemarle slams Chile over “unjust” non-disclosure of impact study

The spat underscores rising tensions between Albemarle and regulators over operations in the high-altitude Atacama desert, home to one-quarter of the world's current supply of lithium.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - North Carolina-based Albemarle Corp, the world's top lithium producer, has accused a Chilean regulator of "unjust" discrimination for refusing to make public a key report on the impact of mining on the Atacama salt flat, according to court filings.

Albemarle in July last year asked to see the publicly funded report but regulator Corfo rejected the request after Chilean miner SQM, a top competitor, objected on grounds it contained confidential information. A government watchdog upheld the decision.

Both Albemarle and SQM - the only two lithium miners on the salt flat - contributed data to the . . .

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