Port Pirie smelter operator Nyrstar says the local council "had no legal basis" to increase the company's rates and issue a $1.34 million bill.
The number of children with "harmful" levels of lead in their blood in the South Australian regional city of Port Pirie has more than doubled since 2017.
A partial shutdown of the Port Pirie smelter helped keep lead levels in the city's air just under the maximum allowed without breaking the law, new figures show.
The chief of Belgian-based metals company Nyrstar stops short of guaranteeing it will repay the entirety of an almost $300-million guarantee to the South Australian Government, only confirming it was the company's "intention".
The South Australian Treasurer expects a new deal with lead smelter operator Nyrstar to take weeks to negotiate and it is unlikely they will make a $29 million payment due this month.
A lead report shows the gap between the blood lead levels of Indigenous and non-Indigenous children in Broken Hill has doubled since 2016, and is now almost twice as much.
The Australian Workers' Union says the operator of the Port Pirie lead and zinc smelter is set to cut 100 jobs at the site, which recently benefited from loans underwritten by the South Australian Government.
Sparrows in the mining towns of Broken Hill and Mount Isa have adapted to avoid the uptake of lead, according to a new genetic study of the birds.
Brass fittings and taps found to cause elevated levels of lead in drinking water continue to be installed in homes, businesses and schools, experts say.
Amita doesn't know what else she can do to protect her 17-month-old daughter after a study finds she's just one of hundreds of Mount Isa children under the age of five with concerning lead levels. While the mine continues to reduce its emissions, critics and a senior minister say more needs to be done.