Peru aims to toughen penalties for environmental pollution

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Peru is aiming to toughen penalties for pollution, after two recent mining related environmental accidents polluted a town and an Amazon tributary.

Minister of Environment Manuel Pulgar-Vidal said Monday his office would present a new bill before Congress in the next two weeks.

The bill, he said, would seek to improve the enforcement of environmental regulations across the country, RPP reported.

“The government is aiming to at least double the maximum penalty […] we are working hard on the issue,” Pulgar-Vidal said.

The minister’s announcement comes weeks after a >>pipeline rupture at an Antamina facility caused copper concentrate to leak, affecting local communities; and less than a week after >toxic wastewater from the Atacocha mine spilled onto the Huallaga River.

On Monday Pulgar-Vidal said once the environmental impact assessments were carried out, his office would be very strict with the handing of sanctions in both cases.

Peru is aiming to toughen penalties for pollution, after two recent mining related environmental accidents polluted a town, and an Amazon tributary.

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