Coup d’Etat to World Trade Seen in Toxic Lead Fight

Coup d’Etat to World Trade Seen in Toxic Lead Fight

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La Oroya was an “uninhabited crossroads” in 1922 when an American company called Cerro de Pasco Copper Corp. built the smelter and refineries. Renco acquired the facility in 1997 for $248 million and named it Doe Run Peru. The seller was the Peruvian government, which had nationalized it 23 years earlier.