Latest posts by Jen Fumero from April, 2011
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) requested the suspension of Brazil's Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, reopening the debate in Peru on similar projects and their impact on the Peruvian Amazon communities. In Peru, the most publicized hydroelectric megaprojects are the Inambari and Pakitzapango centrals, included in the Peru-Brazil Energy Agreement signed last year.
The Chilean Ministry of Health closed down a school on March 23, 2011, after 40 cases of citizens and students near a refinery suffering poisoning by sulfur, copper and other sulfur-containing materials. A court sentenced the shutdown of the plant, but it allowed its reopening in less than 24 hours after Codelco, the company that owns the refinery, lodged an appeal. Children were allowed to go back to school on April 4.