Defend La Oroya's right to a healthy environment

We want to let you know about another mining community that Oxfam America is working with, La Oroya, Peru, which needs your help today.

Click here to defend La Oroya's right to a healthy environment.

La Oroya has become severely polluted after years of mining and processing lead and other metals. Recent public health studies indicate children living near the metal smelter have high levels of lead in their blood-as much as four times that permitted by the World Health Organization, according to the preliminary results of a 2005 St. Louis University study. Lead poisoning can cause learning problems, stunted growth, hyperactivity, kidney and liver disease, and neurological problems.

When a US-based company, Doe Run, acquired the smelter plant in 1997, it committed to completing an Environmental Upgrade and Management Plan (PAMA) by the end of 2006. However, the company is seeking a five-year extension to delay construction of a sulfuric acid treatment plant that would help reduce the amount of toxic fumes currently being released. We need your help to make sure the extension does not happen, and that immediate action is taken to address La Oroya's public health crisis.

Click here to tell the Government of Peru to deny this request and support action to clean up La Oroya.


The people of La Oroya deserve the right to live in a healthy environment. Please help them today by showing the Peruvian government there is strong support to upholding the original deadline.

Thank you for helping Oxfam work to find solutions to poverty, hunger and social injustice.


Tim Fullerton
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