Fernández pushes for more investment in Riachuelo river cleanup

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Argentina's newly re-elected President Cristina Fernández has called on the Buenos Aires province government to invest more in cleaning up the Riachuelo river.

The Riachuelo forms part of the Matanza-Riachuelo river basin, which is highly polluted by industrial waste and untreated wastewater, and the object of a lengthy cleanup program.

"We're asking for solidarity from those with higher per capita incomes so that the basin can be cleaned up," local daily Clarín quoted Fernández as saying.

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River basin authority Acumar has said it expects to complete the design of a new cleanup plan by early 2012. According to preliminary estimates, it will cost upwards of 23.8bn pesos (US$562mn) up to 2024 to clean up the river basin.