Peru’s most profitable mining company, Chile-based Corning, has been closed down by state authorities amid a growing health and environmental scandal involving its operations in the country’s mining sector, state health officials said.
The Peruvian government’s public safety office said on Wednesday that it had received a formal notice from the countrys health agency, saying Corning had been found in violation of the country s Environmental Protection Act.
Corning said it has suspended all activities in the mining sector and was in discussions with the ministry of public health.
Corning is one of Peru’s largest mining companies.
The company, which has operations in six mining countries, said it would be “committed to fulfilling all requirements of the state.”
Corning had said it was considering all legal options for further investigations.
“Corning is deeply saddened by this situation and deeply regrets any damage to our reputation,” Corning said in a statement.
“We are working with the authorities to ensure our business operations continue in Peru.”
The mining company’s headquarters are in a small town near the town of Guayana in the Andes Mountains, just across the border from Bolivia.
The Peruvian president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, had warned in December that Corning would face heavy fines if it failed to clean up its operations.
The company has a presence in several other countries, including Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia and Argentina.