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The PSOE denounces the excessive permissiveness of the regional government with the contamination of the Sierra Minera (13/02/2019)

The deputy of the Socialist Parliamentary Group Antonio Guillamón denounced that from the Community "has been turning a deaf ear to the serious problem of pollution of the Sierra Minera, demonstrating an excessive and intolerable permissiveness."

Guillamón has expressed his doubts about whether "the attitude of minimizing this situation will help to solve this serious environmental and public health problem, and we consider it necessary to have a palliative and preventive action plan for soil decontamination," he said.

Antonio Guillamón thanked the intervention of the doctor specializing in pediatric cancer at the Virgen de la Arrixaca Hospital, Juan Antonio Ortega García, who made a detailed analysis during his speech;

as well as the researcher of the UPCT, José Matías Peña, who has delved into very important aspects in the Committee on Territorial Policy, Environment, Agriculture and Water.

The Socialist deputy recalled that the Ministry was forced to intervene in the face of the obvious signs of health problems of neighbors in this environment, due to the high concentration of heavy metals.

The deputy has asked Dr. Ortega if living in the mountain range implies a higher risk to health due to the presence of lead and heavy metals;

He has also been interested in how it affects the people who live in the affected areas, as well as what the solutions can be to avoid risks.

Regarding the statements of Professor Matías, the socialist deputy agreed that there seems to be transfers of pollutants, particularly to the child population, in the mining area, something that has been known for years without the regional administration having taken measures to avoid it.

Regarding the interpretation of the Emblema study, Antonio Guillamón considers that it is not right to disregard the fact that 5 percent of the values ​​analyzed are above 3.5 micrograms per deciliter of blood.

Nor is it right to affirm that "living in the Sierra Minera does not imply a significantly greater risk to health than living in other populations."

For the socialist deputy the interventions of both experts have been "very valuable and clarifying" to address a reality that affects thousands of families "and that no matter how much the regional government wants to make invisible is very present in their daily lives."

Source: PSRM-PSOE

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