Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Publica
versión impresa ISSN 1726-4634
ARANA-ZEGARRA, Marco. Choropampa case: Mercury spill and damage to health in rural exposed population. Rev. perú. med. exp. salud publica [online]. 2009, vol.26, n.1, pp. 113-116. ISSN 1726-4634.
In 2000, a spill of metallic mercury is evaporated into the atmosphere, and it affected the health of over a thousand peasants, who, eight years later, still are suffering the consequences on their health. Modern mining does not guarantee an adequate management, control and mitigation of environmental impacts and public authority does not grant the right to health of populations in environments which miners from the point of view of the right to environmental health should be sites considered hazardous to health.
Palabras llave : Environmental pollution; Mercurio poisoning; Mining; Disasters; Peru.