On March 31, Xinhua reported that the government of Peru has recently shut down a China Aluminum Corporation (CHINALCO) copper mine development project temporarily, citing environmental violations. CHINALCO controls the Toromocho Copper Mine located in central Peru. The development is to construct one of the largest copper mines in the world, with the level of its capacity at 10-million tons. The Toromocho project is also China’s largest copper project overseas. The Peruvian environmental protection agency OEFA ordered the temporary shut-down due to the fact that the copper waste being discharged into the nearby lakes violated environmental protection codes. This was discovered around mid-March. The CHINALCO spokesperson refused to confirm the news because of the “lack of details.” China Aluminum Corporation is a multinational aluminum company headquartered in Beijing. It is the world’s second largest aluminum producer (and the only producer in China).
Source: Xinhua, March 31, 2014