MEM fines 8 miners for Pama failures

Friday, November 22, 2002

Peru's mines and energy ministry (MEM) has fined eight mining companies for failing to comply with the country's environmental adaptation and management program, known as Pama, the ministry said in a statement.

Apart from paying fines of between 20.25 and 75 tax units known as UITs (currently equivalent to US$17,500-65,000), the unidentified companies concerned must also complete their Pama programs.

A further 18 of the total 26 Pama programs evaluated by inspectors were approved, MEM said.

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In a separate MEM statement, deputy mining minister Cesar Polo said that 58 mining companies are currently carrying out Pama programs requiring total investment of more than US$1bn.

MEM counts on a team of 75 externally registered inspectors to carry out supervision duties, who in turn are responsible for 392 specialists in mining security and the environment, the statement said. Their work is supervised and evaluated by 10 qualified MEM officials.

So far this year, MEM has carried out 548 inspections, including scheduled inspections, special tests, fatal accident inquiries and Pama environmental audits. As a result, a total of 1,886 UITs (US$1.64mn) worth of fines have been imposed to date, MEM said.