Toxic Pollution

Having to do with toxic elements.

Metallurgical Complex of La Oroya in Peru

Metallurgical Complex of La Oroya.

For just under a century, a metal smelter has spewed toxic clouds full of heavy metals over the densely populated city of La Oroya, in the Peruvian Andes. Nearly all the city’s residents have lead and other heavy metals in their blood, and many residents suffer chronic respiratory...

Air pollution in Mexico

Air pollution in Toluca, Mexico. Credit: Eneas de Troya / Creative Commons.

You encounter them every day: soot from auto exhaust and burning wood (black carbon), gases that make refrigerators and air conditioners cool (hydrofluorocarbons), natural gas that makes your stove work (methane), and ground-level ozone formed by sunlight and fossil-fuel emissions....

In an effort to compel the Peruvian government to resolve the health crisis in La Oroya, AIDA appealed to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in 2005, requesting that the Commission take urgent...

In 2006, the Peruvian Constitutional Tribunal recognized that high levels of pollution in La Oroya were causing serious health problems for the local population. The Tribunal ordered the Ministry of Health to comply with the law and take urgent action to prevent additional irreversible impacts...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 19, 2009 IACHR Will Examine Case Against Peru for Violating the Human Rights of Residents of La Oroya, A City Extensively Contaminated by the Doe Run Peru Smelter ► According to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States, Peru...Read more
FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION: April 9, 2008 Press Contacts: Perry Gottesfeld, Executive Director OK International 415-362-9898 Anna Cederstav, Ph.D. AIDA and Earthjustice 510-550-6700 DOE RUN SMELTER IN LA OROYA, PERU, LOSES ENVIRONMENTAL...Read more
For immediate release: September 5, 2007 PRESS CONTACTS : Astrid Puentes, AIDA (+5255) 52120141 Martin Wagner, (510) 550-6700 Human Rights Body Calls on Peru to Protect Citizens from Contamination by American-owned Smelter Oakland, CA; Lima, Peru...Read more
For immediate release: April 24, 2007 PRESS CONTACTS: Astrid Puentes, AIDA (+5255) 52120141 Martin Wagner, Earthjustice (510) 550-6700 Carlos Chirinos (+511) 422-2720 U.S. Smelter's Pollution Now Human Rights Issue for Peru...Read more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 21, 2007 Press Contacts: Astrid Puentes, AIDA (+5255) 52120141 Luis Eduardo Cisneros (+511) 422-2720 Martin Wagner (510) 550-6700 Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to Examine...Read more
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