Peruvian Government Obstructs Fundamental Programs In La Oroya
The Ministry of Energy and Mines' Failure to Honor Environmental Obligations
LA OROYA, PERU, January 03, 2011 - The Peruvian Government's Ministry of Energy and Mines continued refusal to fulfill its contractual commitments, which include among others to remediate La Oroya, could make it impossible for Doe Run Peru to resume operations, ending the array of company-sponsored social and environmental programs that are having a positive impact on the local community.
Since 1997, Doe Run Peru has invested over $300 million in local environmental improvements, and implemented a series of initiatives to improve the health and welfare of the La Oroya population. These include the financial support of local soup kitchens, such as Soup Kitchen No. 5 of La Oroya Antigua, which is helping on average more than one hundred children every day since the year 2000.
The company has co-sponsored important health programs, such as the Cleft Palate Surgery Campaign, which has restored smiles to more than five hundred children affected by this challenging condition from several regions of the country, mainly from the Central Andes. Doe Run Peru has invested in local farming, agricultural and ecological preservation programs, and has financed new technology to improve the safety of La Oroya's water supply. These efforts, which have exceeded 150 million Soles, exemplify the company's long-standing commitment to serving many of the needs of La Oroya.
Doe Run Peru remains committed to continuing these important initiatives for the betterment of the La Oroya people for years to come. Sadly, these projects are at risk of being shut down if the Peruvian Government continues to deny its obligation for the legal claims by the people of La Oroya, and continues to misplace blame on Doe Run Peru for remediation activities in La Oroya that are the clear and contractual responsibility of the Peruvian government itself.
The Peruvian government has fulfilled none of its commitments. The list below provides an overview of the responsibilities agreed to by the Peruvian government and Doe Run Peru, and the status of their completion:
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