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Doe Run, Peru Government 'Far' From Smelter Accord (Update1)
Jun 1,2010 09:03CST
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May 31 (Bloomberg) -- Doe Run Peru and the Andean nation's government are "far" from reaching an agreement to reopen a shuttered zinc and lead smelter, the company's Chief Executive Officer Juan Carlos Huyhua said.

The government isn't meeting its commitments to clean up environmental damage that occurred before the state-run La Oroya smelter was sold in 1997, Huyhua said today at a public meeting with mining ministry officials in Lima.

"We're still pretty far from signing a final document," Huyhua said. "The ministry isn't taking our observations into account."

Doe Run, a unit of New York-based Renco Group Inc., closed its La Oroya smelter in Peru in June 2010 after suppliers refused to sell it raw materials. Banks halted lending in February 2009 after copper, zinc and lead prices fell at least 49 percent in London in 2008.

La Oroya workers will meet tomorrow to set a date for a regional protest to pressure for the smelter's reopening, said Luis Castillo, general secretary of Peru's Federation of Mining and Steel Workers and a Doe Run union official. The government set a July 27 deadline for Doe Run to restart the smelter and build a sulfuric acid plant to retain emissions.

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