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CooperAcción et al vs. Renco Group

Case overview

Date filed 24 February 2011
Current status Rejected
Issue Pollution at metallurgical complex in La Oroya, Peru
Summary of the case The complaint alleges that Doe Run Peru (DRP) and its parent company, the Renco Group, failed to meet environmental and human health standards set by Peruvian law and the OECD Guidelines at the La Oroya metallurgical complex, one of the worlds largest polymetallic processing facilities. When Renco/DRP acquired La Oroya the company committed to significantly reduce the its environmental impact but failed to meet these commitments.

The complainants maintain that when the DRP lead smelter is in operation, concentrations of lead, cadmium and sulphur dioxide strongly exceed WHO standards. Several studies have proven the negative health effects on the inhabitants of La Oroya, who do not have access to adequate health care or treatment for pollution-related diseases.
Moreover the complainants contend that the company failed to adequately disclose the consequences of the contamination to the La Oroya citizens and have continuously failed to abide by the obligatory Environmental Management and Mitigation Plan (PAMA).

The company filed for bankruptcy in 2009 and smelting activities temporarily stopped, but were expected to start again in February 2011 as finance from Glencore was obtained. The complainants asked the NCPs to engage with the companies to make them comply with all the provisions in the PAMA.
Developments/Outcome Renco officially went bankrupt just a few months after the complaint was filed, and the case was closed without an examination of the allegations. However, in mid-2012, a new corporation started running the smelter again, without the required PAMA.
Relevant OECD Guidelines
Case keywords Health and safety, Extractives / mining sector, Human rights, Environment

NCP Information

NCP name National Contact Point Peru
NCP address Av. Enrique Canaval Moreyra 150 piso 9 27 Lima, Peru
NCP website
Other NCPs involved

Complainants

NGO

Company Information

Company responsible Renco Group
Company address
Company website
Company in violation Doe Run Peru Corporation
Country of operations Peru
Other companies involved

Timeline of developments

Date Actor Action Description Document
14 July 2011 Renco Group case dropped Renco officially goes bankrupt, and the case is closed without an examination of the allegations.  
24 February 2011 CooperAcción file Complaint filed. download pdf (236Kb)  

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