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The environmental pollution caused by US mining corporation Doe Run in La Oroya province, Peru, has caused hundreds of people to march last Friday to reject the company’s activity.
The mobilization’s slogan was “Not a single day more!”, referring to the company’s demand to postpone its so called Program of Maintenance and Adaptation of the Environment (PAMA).
October 31st was the deadline for the mining corporation to implement this plan. But claiming financial problems, the company has requested the Ministry of Energy and Mining of Peru to grant an extension to comply with PAMA.
If the Peruvian state accepts the claim of the mining corporation, it will be the fifth consecutive time that the corporation is granted an extension to comply with the environmental responsibilities that it imposed itself on the management of waste, liquids, metal dust and gas.
Washington Mori Andrade, Secretary of the Environmental Dialogue Table – one of the organizers of Friday march- said the environmental emergency situation caused as a result of Doe Run’s activity, does not allow for delays.
Mori Andrade said “The terrible situation suffered by our brothers and sisters of La Oroya as a result of the high air pollution that affects their health, cannot be overlooked even more. It is high time that human rights are enforced”, Peruvian newspaper La Republica reports.
Mori Andrade was one of the hundreds of Peruvians who marched against the mining corporation in a demonstration that will take place once again on the World Environment Day, in June.
“It is urgent that the international community expresses itself in favor of the respect of indigenous people’s right to land, their human rights and the physical integrity of the Rio Blanco communities”, said the Lenca feminist activist and leader of COPINH, Berta Caceres.