Environment Forum

U.S. metals firm in row with Peru’s government

August 27, 2009

By Madelyn Fairbanks

U.S.-based company Doe Run Peru and the government of President Alan Garcia are locked in a dispute over how to balance environmental health with saving thousands of jobs at the company’s La Oroya metals smelter.
La Oroya, high in the Andes east of Lima, has been called one of the most contaminated places in the world by the Blacksmith Institute, but it is a top 10 metals exporter in Peru and the economic engine of the central region of the country.

Peru clashes raise green issues

June 8, 2009

Clashes in the Amazon between indigenous protestors and Peru’s army that killed some 60 people last week throw¬†some old¬†issues into sharp new relief: development versus the environment and local versus foreign control of natural resources.