Doe Run spokesman Victor Andres Belaunde
Photo by Living in Peru
La ciudad de La Oroya en los andes centrales de Perú, es uno de los 10 lugares más contaminados de todo el planeta. La refinería de la foto es propiedad de Doe Run, una corporación minera de EEUU.
By EARTH JUSTICE
"The health and environmental conditions endured by the more than 30,000 residents of La Oroya in the central Peruvian Andes represent a clear violation of the human rights to health, life, food, and a clean and healthy environment. Since 1922, a nearby multi-metal smelter, currently operated by the Doe Run Corporation of Missouri, has been contaminating the urban environment surrounding the smelter with toxic emissions."
A 1999 blood evaluation conducted in La Oroya by the Ministry of Health shows that 99.1% of 346 children tested have blood-lead levels indicative of lead poisoning, and that nearly 20% of these require immediate hospitalization. Because lead inhibits neurological development, the thousands of children poisoned by the smelter will likely be impaired for life. Despite these statistics, the company and government have failed to address the root cause of the problem -- poor environmental controls at the smelter."
By BBC WORLD
If you want to express your opinion to Doe Run contact them:
Victor Andres Belaunde
Tel. + (511)215-1200 ext. 1285