Peru starts environmental study in Espinar

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Over 70 environmental specialist, and 18 community representatives, began environmental monitoring in the province of Espinar, Cusco, on Thursday.

According to Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, the first outing included the participation of water, soil, cattle, grass, and other experts.

The new study is being carried out as part of new environmental plan that the government proposed during roundtable negotiations over the Xstrata Tintaya mine, Peru21 reported.

Minister Pulgar-Vidal said the specialists would analyze 440 points, in five river basins, including the Cañipía and Salado rivers new the Xstrata Tintaya site.

The study, he said, would last 30 days, and results would be made public in 60 days, which would determine pollution levels in Espinar, and their source.

The minster added that the Environment Ministry would issue weekly bulletins in Spanish and Quechua, which woud provide updates on the study.

Over 70 environmental specialist, and 18 community representatives, began environmental monitoring in the province of Espinar, Cusco, on Thursday.

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