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Stopping a Peruvian Smelter from Emitting Toxic Pollutants

Doe Run Peru’s smelter emits such enormous quantities of pollution that many residents suffer from chronic respiratory illnesses and nearly all the children in the city have lead poisoning.

La Oroya is one of the most contaminated cities on the planet. Doe Run Peru’s smelter emits such enormous quantities of pollution that many residents suffer from chronic respiratory illnesses and nearly all the children in the city have lead poisoning.

Photo courtesy of AIDA

What's at Stake

The people—especially the children—of La Oroya in the Peruvian Andes, suffer terrible health effects from air pollution emitted by a lead smelter operated by an American company.

Overview

The Interamerican Commission on Human Rights, prompted by Earthjustice and its partner AIDA, has repeatedly urged the Peruvian government to come to the rescue of the people—especially the children—of La Oroya in the Peruvian Andes, who suffer terrible health effects from air pollution emitted by a lead smelter operated by an American company.

In fact, the groups first went to the Peruvian courts and secured an order for medical treatment for the victims, but the Peruvian health ministry ignored the court order. It has also ignored requests from the human rights commission.

The effort to rescue the people of La Oroya continues.

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