Congress: Hold American Lead Company Accountable for Contamination Cleanup in Peruvian Mining Community

Los niños de La Oroya

Target: United States Congress

Goal: Hold Doe Run to its contamination cleanup commitment in La Oroya, Peru to protect the local community from further contamination and serious heath problems.

American-owned Doe Run is the largest lead producer in North America and the largest primary lead producer in the western world. It had conducted its operations at its polymetallic lead smelter mine in La Oroya, Peru since 1997 until cited by the government of Peru in 2009. While profiting handsomely from local resources, Doe Run has deeply impacted this small mountain mining community for the worst. Polluting La Oroya for over a decade, Doe Run has contaminated its air, water, and soil. This pollution has led to health problems, like lead poisoning, affecting local children in particular. Suffering from this western business deal, the outraged La Oroya community has paired up with the United States to put this remorseless business’ practices to an end. Sign this petition telling Congress to hold Doe Run accountable to its cleanup commitments in Peru.

When Doe Run purchased the La Oroya site it agreed to improve the facility to make it less harmful for the environment. This program was designed to curb emissions of all types, polluted water, and to ensure cleanup around the smelter and its waste dumps. Instead, the company allowed toxic elements resultant of the smelting process to contaminate La Oroya’s air, water, and soil. After the Peruvian government cited Doe Run Peru for environmental violations, the company closed the smelter in 2009 in efforts to evade the high cost of complying with the government’s requirements for cleanup. Indigenous populations again have been stripped of their rights and have had little power to bargain with the government for Doe Run’s removal. Sign this petition; tell Congress to act as their ally in holding an American company accountable for its practices.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear U.S. Representative,

Residents of the small mountain community of La Oroya, Peru have fought for years against health and environmental threats to their community. Despite evidence that Doe Run Peru’s lead smelter in La Oroya has contributed to serious health problems connected with lead poisoning, the company has washed its hands of its commitments and has not repaired  the damage it has inflicted upon the locals. Lead poisoning has had a particularly grave impact on La Oroya children. Doe Run must be made culpable.

I call on you to hold Doe Run Peru accountable for cleaning up La Oroya and protecting Peruvian public health. Please join me in standing with the people of Peru and the Peruvian government, not with this destructive American lead deal.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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