Thursday, June 26

Ilo refinery has been an environmental liability for southern Peru

Southern Peru faces fine on Ilo smelter: "Southern in 1997 signed the PAMA, an agreement with the government under which it pledged to carry out a two-stage program to improve air quality by 2006. However, it revised that program in 2001, proposing to the ministry that it be completed by 2004 in a single stage. The ministry accepted that proposal but Southern in 2002 asked to return to the original plan. That request was turned down by the ministry, saying there were no guarantees that the environmental program would be fulfilled completely." / Reuters For decades, regional forces have been pressuring the Southern Peru Copper Corporation to clean up its act. Now the government is getting into the game.

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