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Issue: Pollution at metallurgical complex in La Oroya, Peru

Description 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

2 cases relating to 'Pollution at metallurgical complex in La Oroya, Peru':

Title Issue Date filed Status
CooperAcción et al vs. Doe Run Pollution at metallurgical complex in La Oroya, Peru 24 February 2011 Concluded
CooperAcción et al vs. Renco Group Pollution at metallurgical complex in La Oroya, Peru 24 February 2011 Concluded

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