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LIMA, April 4 China's Chinalco Mining Corp
partially resumed output at its new Toromocho copper
mine in Peru on Friday after suspending all operations for a
week to comply with a government order that cited the company
for pollution, a company spokesman said.
State-owned Chinalco halted all operations at the open-pit
copper mine in Peru's central highlands last Friday after the
environmental regulator, OEFA, demanded it stop dumping waste
into two nearby lakes.
OEFA released footage of yellowish liquids gushing into an
Alvaro Barrenechea, manager of corporate affairs for
Chinalco in Peru, said the government gave the company the green
light to restart some activities at Toromocho, which started
production for the first time late last year.
"It's a partial restart," said Barrenechea by telephone. "We
are producing partially because the measure does not apply to
part of the operations."
Toromocho, finished last year after a $4.8 billion
investment, is expected to produce 300,000 tonnes of copper per
year once it reaches full capacity late this year.
The mine will likely raise Peru's annual copper output by 25
percent to 1.6 million tonnes.
Peru is the third-biggest copper exporter.
(Reporting by Marco Aquino; Writing by Mitra Taj; Editing by