New Peru law weakens environmental safeguards

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FILE - In this May 14, 2013 file photo, the open-pit Antamina mine in San Marcos, Peru, is partially illuminated on a cloudy day. A new law enacted July 11 by President Ollanta Humala, weakens environmental protections in the Andean nation as it prepares to host international climate-control talks. At the same time, it re-establishes tax breaks for big mining multinationals, which already enjoy such benefits as simultaneous, indefinite concessions for both exploration and exploitation as long as they make nominal payments. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, File)LIMA, Peru (AP) — Dozens of international groups, the United Nations, and even Peru’s own citizen ombudsman are objecting to a new law that weakens environmental protections in the Andean nation even as it prepares to host international climate-control talks this year.

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