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Article

3 Aug 2012

Author:
Eike Sophie Hümpel, EJOLT

Environmental monitoring of Xstrata Tintaya copper mine in Cusco, Peru

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Following the demand to implement an independent environmental monitoring in Espinar,...“Vicaría de la Solidaridad”...[has analyzed] 50 water and 27 soil samples...for their element composition in accredited laboratories. In 28 out of 50 water samples, the water did not fulfill the national requirements for water...In 27 out of 27 soil samples, the concentration of at least one metal exceeded the threshold value determined for agricultural used soil...It is important to investigate if water will be leached, transporting non valuable elements outside of the mining area. Eco toxicological studies should be implemented; dealing with the impacts, the contaminants can have on plants, animals and humans...[I]t would be essential to assess the amount of fresh water constantly available in the region and the quantity which will be taken by the industry...I am convinced that Xstrata Tintaya does have a negative impact on the environment in the catchment area.