Explosives produced by Hydro's Industrial Chemical Division in Sweden are being used in El Cerrejon, South America's largest coal mine. The mine is located in the northeastern part of Colombia, at the Venezuelan border. Both the Wayuu and the Guijaros Indians, as well as the miners have suffered greatly as a consequence of the mining activities. The authorities have declared a number of areas uninhabitable.
In the debate following Prime Minister Brundtland's opening of Borregaard's carbofuran factory in China in November last year, the company presented incorrect information. The company claimed that carbofuran was not banned in Norway, and this turns out to be wrong. However, Borregaard says this is not relevant for its production in China.