(ScienceInsider) A prominent glaciologist, Ricardo Villalba, has been indicted on criminal charges for allegedly favoring a mining company as a consequence of how his former institute designed Argentina's national glacier inventory.
The 27 November federal criminal court indictment also includes three former environment ministers. All four have been charged with "abuse of authority" for failing to protect water sources under a 2010 law aimed at preserving glaciated areas. The law prohibits mining in those areas.
The lawsuit was filed by a grassroots group after the Veladero mine in northwestern Argentina spilled cyanide into the Jáchal watershed in September 2015. Another spill in the same area occurred this past September.
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