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The Grupo Mexico mining company ruled on Monday that the recent spill of sulfuric acid from a sea terminal in the Sea of Cortez, in the northwest of the country, has caused severe damage to the environment.
The company explained, citing a report from the Secretary of the Navy, that three cubic meters of acid were spilled, a figure that is not “representative” because “it is equivalent to 1.2 water tanks (reservoir) for domestic use for water storage” and indicated that this was neutralized with an alkaline solution similar to the sea.
Spill neutralized by company
The company also said that the acid spilled in the terminal was eradicated with sodium bicarbonate.
On July 10, the Grupo México mining company reported that the previous day, in the Maritime Terminal of Guaymas, in the state of Colima, 3,000 liters of sulfuric acid were released to the Sea of Cortez – also known as the Gulf of California – due to the valve failure.
In the text of this Monday, Grupo México said that the images and video that circulate about damage to the ecosystem, as well as the involvement of turtles and sea lions, have no relation to the accident.
And he revealed that the recording of the leak only shows water vapor, product of the reaction that the acid produces when it comes into contact with the water.
According to “our qualified personnel, who acted immediately by applying the corrective actions established in our emergency care protocols, there was no adverse reaction in the flora and fauna, nor in the health of people in the region,” said Grupo México.
Area closed by Profepa
For its part, in a statement, Metalúrgica de Cobre de México, a subsidiary of Grupo México, reported after the leak that it did not cause damage to people.
The reaction came after authorities of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office (Prosecutor) for Environmental Protection (Profepa) closed this Saturday and temporarily the area where the toxic spill was recorded, so the plant keeps the rest of its activities.
The Mexican authorities also initiated an administrative process against the mining group led by Mexican businessman Germán Larrea Mota Velasco, as they have been involved in at least 22 environmental accidents in the last decade.
The most serious of them was recorded on August 6, 2014 at the Buenavista del Cobre mine in Cananea, which contaminated the Sonora River with 40,000 cubic meters of sulfuric acid and left thousands of people without water in the region.
Source: Excelsior California