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Mexican authorities demand data on Atoyac river pollution

Bnamericas Published: Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Mexican authorities demand data on Atoyac river pollution

Mexico's national institute for access to information (INAI) has ordered the commission for protection against sanitary risks (Cofepris) to disclose the results of an analysis it carried out on the Atoyac river.

The results were requested by a private party in order to be informed of the risks to public health in municipalities close to the river, as well as to identify toxic substances present in the area and the incidence of mortality due to leukemia, the INAI said in a release.

Cofepris reportedly provided various electronic links to the information, but the private party making complained that they did not link to the information requested and called on the INAI to review the data. However, Cofepris has merely repeated its response to the complaint.

INAI has not yet stated if any additional information will be disclosed.

The Atoyac river, which is located in Tlaxcala and Puebla states is reportedly the third most polluted in the country. Those said to be dumping waste in the waterway include food, textile, chemical, petrochemical, automotive and steel companies.

A study has described the Atoyac river as eight times more polluted than the limit that national water authority Conagua classes as acceptable, according to Greenpeace, and the pollution represents a serious threat to the 1.2mn people living near the watercourse, the organization says.

Mexico's chamber of deputies has called on national water authority Conagua and environmental protection agency Profepa to fine whoever is found guilty of polluting the Atoyac river.

Around 1,000 companies are reportedly dumping effluents into the river since they do not have water treatment plants or the ones they do have do not work.

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