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18 Jun 2022

Author:
Peru Support Group

Peru: Accident with Volcan's truck causes zinc spill polluting River Chillón and surrounding fish farms

"ZINC SPILL CAUSES MAJOR RIVER POLLUTION", 18 June 2022

...A road accident on 13 June has led to a major pollution of the River Chillón, to the north of Lima. A truck transporting zinc concentrates careered off the road near Cullhuay in Cantas province, Lima region. As a consequence, some 600 tons of trout were lost from a number of fish farms along the valley.

Villagers from across Canta province staged a roadblock in protest at the use made by large mining trucks along roads in the neighbourhood. Local leaders gave the authorities 48 hours to resolve the problem, threatening a permanent blockage if their demands are not heeded.

Volcan, the mining company responsible (of which Glencore is a major shareholder), has issued an apology and has pledged a clean-up...