https://www.miningweekly.com
Business|Copper|Environment|Mining|Water|Environmental|Operations
Business|Copper|Environment|Mining|Water|Environmental|Operations
business|copper|environment|mining|water|environmental|operations

Human rights court orders Peru to pay damages to Peru mining town

24th March 2024

By: Reuters

  

Font size: - +

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights on Friday ordered Peru to pay damages to residents of an Andean town for violations of their right to a healthy environment from years of air, water and soil pollution from a nearby mine.

The court ruled the state failed to comply with its duty to regulate and supervise La Oroya Metallurgical Complex, which was active for nearly a century before debts and environmental regulations forced it to close in 2009.

The court said it corroborated that exposure to lead, cadmium, arsenic and sulphur dioxide posed a significant risk to at least 80 local residents, who did not receive adequate medical attention from the government when they became ill.

The court decided they should receive at least $30 000 each in damages, with the most vulnerable receiving $50 000.

A further $65,000 each should be paid to the legal beneficiaries of two victims who died from diseases caused by the pollution.

Officials from Peru's government and its mining ministry did not immediately respond to Reuters' request for comment.

La Oroya partially resumed operations in 2023, managed by Metalurgica Business Peru, a firm that counts former workers among its shareholders and promised to comply with environmental standards.

Peru is the world's second largest copper producer and mining makes up 60% of its total exports.

The court ordered the government to assess the current state of contamination in La Oroya and provide cash and free medical aid to the victims.

Edited by Reuters

Comments

Showroom

Booyco Electronics
Booyco Electronics

Booyco Electronics, South African pioneer of Proximity Detection Systems, offers safety solutions for underground and surface mining, quarrying,...

VISIT SHOWROOM 
Flameblock
Flameblock

FlameBlock is a proudly South African company that engineers, manufactures and supplies fire intumescent and retardant products to the fire...

VISIT SHOWROOM 

Latest Multimedia

sponsored by

Photo of Martin Creamer
On-The-Air (12/04/2024)
12th April 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Option 1 (equivalent of R125 a month):

Receive a weekly copy of Creamer Media's Engineering News & Mining Weekly magazine
(print copy for those in South Africa and e-magazine for those outside of South Africa)
Receive daily email newsletters
Access to full search results
Access archive of magazine back copies
Access to Projects in Progress
Access to ONE Research Report of your choice in PDF format

Option 2 (equivalent of R375 a month):

All benefits from Option 1
PLUS
Access to Creamer Media's Research Channel Africa for ALL Research Reports, in PDF format, on various industrial and mining sectors including Electricity; Water; Energy Transition; Hydrogen; Roads, Rail and Ports; Coal; Gold; Platinum; Battery Metals; etc.

Already a subscriber?

Forgotten your password?

MAGAZINE & ONLINE

SUBSCRIBE

RESEARCH CHANNEL AFRICA

SUBSCRIBE

CORPORATE PACKAGES

CLICK FOR A QUOTATION







sq:0.137 0.179s - 145pq - 2rq
1:
1: United States
Subscribe Now
2: United States
2: