For this Wednesday the 22nd at 11:00 a.m., the Senate Environment Commission called a special session to which the mayor of Puchuncaví, Marcos Morales, and the minister of that portfolio, Maisa Rojas, were invited, in order to address various aspects of the government announcement on the closure of Codelco’s Ventanas Smelter.
This, after the controversy that this decision has raised from different sectors and in which, even, mining workers announced a national strike within the next few days.
The president of the instance, Senator Paulina Núñez (RN) maintained that “it is important to create spaces to be able to review the complex environmental situation that the Puchuncaví commune is experiencing and what it will experience now, regarding the decision made by the president of the Republic”.
In addition, the parliamentarian assured that “The mayor told me that no one has communicated with him since he found out about the decision in the press,” specifying that “I have always tried to ensure that the local authorities are listened to so that, hopefully, the decisions are consensual, that is why it seems very important to me to be able to receive the mayor of Puchuncaví in this instance.”
For his part, the communal chief of the area, Marcos Morales, thanked the invitation and pointed out that since the announcement of the closure, “no one has communicated with us, which is very striking because communication is key in this type of of processes, where the community, the municipality and the workers are fundamental”, lamenting this situation that “concerns us and fills us with uncertainty”.