Sonora River: Massive mine spill continues impact to Sonora River Basin

Number 27632
Subject Mining
Source Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting
State
Year 2015
Publication Date Nov. 19-23
Summary One year after the Buenavista del Cobre copper mine spilled 11 million gallons of toxic chemicals into the Sonora River in Mexico, polluting nearly 200 miles of river and threatening the health and livelihood of its residents, the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting highlighted the consequences of an inadequate government response and illegal operations at the mine that led to the spill. Deep reporting illuminates farmers and families still sick from contact with the contaminated water, a government slow to take meaningful action to protect its residents and outdated water quality standards that allow 2.5 times more arsenic than acceptable international norms. https://soundcloud.com/bquester/azcir-sonora-river-radio-preview-with-kpbs
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Keywords toxic; chemicals; pollution; mexico; spill
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