Blacksmith Institute's "World's Worst Polluted Places 2006" - includes La Oroya/Doe Run (Peru), Norilsk (Russia)

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25 October 2006

Blacksmith Institute list of top 10 "World's Most Polluted Places" 2006 - and responses by Doe Run, Norilsk Nickel

Author: compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[includes responses by Norilsk Nickel, Doe Run (part of Renco), and additional Doe Run materials about La Oroya/Peru]

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Company response
24 October 2006

Norilsk Nickel response to Blacksmith Institute report, “World’s Worst Polluted Places 2006”

Author: Norilsk Nickel

We have read, with great interest, the report published by the Blacksmith Institute concerning the most polluted cities in the world, which mentions the city of Norilsk, and we cannot help but express our fundamental disagreement with a number of the conclusions you have reached and the comments you have made...

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24 October 2006

[DOC] Response to Blacksmith Institute’s Report

Author: Doe Run

The La Oroya complex has been operating since 1922. Centromin Peru (a Peruvian government corporation) owned and operated the smelter for 24 years prior to our purchase. Environmental oversight and regulations were either absent or not enforced. In essence, we inherited a situation more than 75 years in the making... Since purchasing the La Oroya facility in 1997, we have made significant progress in improving the quality of life for the people of La Oroya. To date:
- We have reduced lead emissions by almost a third since our arrival. By the end of 2006, we expect to bring lead emissions to within Peruvian environmental guidelines.
- More than $100 million has been invested to correct the decades of unchecked pollution Doe Run Peru [part of Renco] inherited from the Peruvian government and prior owners.
- Since 1997, we have seen worker blood lead levels decrease by 30 percent, a testament to safety practices, facility upgrades and hygiene programs.

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Article
18 October 2006

More than 10 million people are at risk from environmental pollution

Author: Tracee Herbaugh, Canadian Press/AP

More than 10 million people are at risk for lung infection, cancer and shortened life expectancy because they live in the 10 worst-polluted cities in the world, according to a report issued Wednesday. The report published by the Blacksmith Institute, an international environmental research group, lists 10 cities in eight countries where pollution poses health risks and fosters poverty. "Living in a town with serious pollution is like living under a death sentence," the report said. "If the damage does not come from immediate poisoning, then cancers, lung infections, mental retardation, are likely outcomes."... According to the report the cities are reminders of an early industrial era, with most pollution stemming from relics such as unregulated lead and coal mines... Residents of Linfen,...in the heart of China's coal-producing Shanxi province, suffer from bronchitis, pneumonia and lung cancer because of the poor air quality.

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Article
1 October 2006

World's Worst Polluted Places 2006

Author: Blacksmith Institute [USA]

[list includes: Chernobyl, Ukraine; Dzerzhinsk, Russia; Haina, Dominican Republic (closed down automobile battery recycling smelter); Kabwe, Zambia (copper smelters); La Oroya, Peru (mine & smelter owned by Doe Run [part of Renco]); Linfen, China (coal); Maiuu Suu, Kyrgyzstan; Norilsk, Russia (Norilsk Nickel smelter); Ranipet, India (tannery chemical waste); Rudnaya Pristan/Dalnegorsk, Russia (lead smelter)]

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