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Peru: Interreligious Delegation Reports Environmental Problems to the US

Published by MAC on 2007-07-19

Peru: Interreligious Delegation Reports Environmental Problems to the US

19th July 2007

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(LIP-ir) -- Doe Run Peru, a mining and metals company with its operations in Peru's central Andes, has unceasingly been criticized for its smelting and refining processes at the La Oroya complex in La Oroya, Peru. A group of religious leaders from the Catholic, Lutheran and Evangelist Churches came together in a meeting in La Oroya, located in Junin, to encourage a speedy solution to the contamination the company is allegedly causing. Huancayo's Archbishop, Monsignor Pedro Barreto, Evangelist Pastor Rafael Goto and Lutheran Pastor Pedro Bullón reported to La Oroya's townspeople the efforts being made in the United States and in Peru to find a solution to the problem.

The interreligious group spoke to the President of Doe Run Peru, Juan Carlos Huyhua before going on a media campaign, involving several means of communication in the United States. The Los Angeles Times, The Jewish Daily Forward, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), KMOV Missouri TV and The Nation magazine are just some of the organizations involved in the campaign to alert the American public as to what is going on in La Oroya, Peru

Attempts have also been made by the interreligious committee to meet with Ira Rennert, self-made billionaire and owner of Renco, the Doe Run Company and Doe Run Peru. These attempts to met with Doe Run president Bruce Neil have been futile.

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