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Published on Mar 31, 2007
Mining and refining are key drivers of Peruvian economy, but it comes at the cost of the most vulnerable, poor young children being contaminated at alarming rates. The area has been called the "Slow Chernobyl" given the devasting environmental impact of the contamination. The Mantaro River, where Doe Run dumps its contaminated water, runs directly into the Amazon. The Amazon makes our oxygen! You can connect the dots! An American Company is responsible for a majority of this contamination. Ira Rennert, the owner of Doe Run Corporation refuses to clean up his copper smelting company in order to save a few dollars. Meanwhile he has built one of the biggest homes in Upper New York, costing over 500 million dollars. Dozens of Bathrooms and over 30 bedrooms. The cost for cleaning up Doe Run and saving children would be equivalent to cutting 6 bathrooms and 12 bedrooms in his mansion, but money is more powerful than humanity in this case. He also owns the company that owns Hummer, no big surprise there. Rennert was called "the biggest polluter in America" by Vanity Fair Magazine and was forced to clean up his act. However, Peru will not hold him to as high a standard because pockets are being lined and the economy counts on the influx of dollars he brings in. He is a shoe in for Mr Burns from the Simpsons, except this time its contaminating children with his foundry, not a Nuclear Power Plant. Evil comes in many forms, Ira Rennert is just another....