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Marcopper mining disaster

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Lopez vows to deliver justice to Marcopper victims 2 decades later

SANTA CRUZ, Marinduque—It happened more than 20 years ago.  For the residents of Santa Cruz town in Marinduque, the mining disaster that flooded their communities, destroyed their farms and fishing grounds, and exposed people to poisonous chemicals, the suffering is getting worse by the day. Their only consolation is the thought that the environmental catastrophe could just be a blessing in disguise—the government was forced to stop mining operations in the area for good.