Source International's staff is in Cerro de Pasco again.
In the last few weeks our staff is in Cerro de Pasco again to investigate more and more the impact of the mine on the local population. In the last few weeks:
We presented to the local population and the local media the results of our last study.
We prepared a model of dispersion of the mining dust in Cerro de Pasco. The model is showing us where the dust caused by the mine is deposited around the city of Cerro and it is shown in the picture below. In the picture it is possible to see that the community of Paragsha and Quilacocha are the more affected by the dust deposits.
Based on the model we installed five different stations of dust monitoring around the city of Cerro de Pasco and surrounding. With these stations we are able to monitor PM10, PM2.5 total deposited dust and also the amount of heavy metals in the inhalable dust.
We also collected more evidences on water and soil pollution.
We are using a drone to map all the area and therefore better design the maps of pollution of the entire area surrounding Cerro de Pasco.
We are collaborating with our local partner LABOR to increase the participation of local people in the monitoring of dust, water and human rights in the entire area.
Transparency for Cerro de Pasco - Visit from GlobalGiving
By Flaviano Bianchini | Project Leader
River pollution caused by Volcan
After years of research we were able to obtain all the files of the sanction received by the mining companies that in the years had administrated the mine of Cerro de Pasco.
In a normal situation this should be a file easy to find online, but the government of Peru has always kept those data as "secret". We needed years of research, dozens of complains, hours in the line on the offices, but at the end we obtained the files.
Volcan and Cerro Sac has dozens (you read well, dozens!) of open files for pollution and non-compliance of environmental standards. At least five of these are definitive and there are records of environmental pollution and health affectation.
Unfortunately, we are still not able to know how much the company was obliged to pay nor if it paid at all; but we are confident to know it very soon. We will be back in Cerro in July and we will continue to push for transparency.
On May 24th Viktorija from GlobalGiving staff will visit Cerro de Pasco. She will have the opportunity to meet our partner LABOR, to visit the city and the mine and see how people are suffering due to the mine. Furthermore she will be able to see the job that we are doing in Cerro de Pasco thanks to your support!
In the past few weeks our lawyer Paz Gallardo and our director Flaviano Bianchini are visiting the city of Cerro de Pasco. This time their goal is not to take more samples or more evidences about the environmental and health situation but to collect documents to trace back who were the stakeholders of the past contamination.
The property of Cerro de Pasco mine has changed several time in the past 100 years. Every time a new owner acquire the mine they blame the previous one for the contamination in the city and n the whole area.
The goal of our last mission is just to understand who has done what and when. Creating a trace of all the stakeholders of the past 20-30 years and therefore identify the responsible of the pollution.
This is not an easy task as lot of information has been lost or hidden during this years and a lot of data has been voluntarily canceled from the books. Nevertheless, we are there in force and, as always, we are determinates to bring environmental and social justice to the people in Cerro de Pasco!
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