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  • The rule was suspended after mass mobilizations after it was approved last Friday, as protesters said it would contaminate the water in the surrounding areas, as well as the crops.

    The rule was suspended after mass mobilizations after it was approved last Friday, as protesters said it would contaminate the water in the surrounding areas, as well as the crops. | Photo: @ArgentinaFCOK

Published 26 December 2019
Opinion

The reform of the bill approved in Mendoza allowed the use of chemicals like cyanure and sulfuric acid.

The government of the province of Mendoza, in the east of Argentina, suspended the rule of the mining law 7.722 that was giving the green light to chemicals like cyanure and sulfuric acid, substances that are usually prohibited. 

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Environmental groups stated that the law violated general law in Argentina as well as environmental preservation.

Mendoza's governor, Rodolfo Suárez, said that the law was suspended and the dialogue with protesters opened, including the "archbishops, universities, labor unions, political parties, international organizations."

He added that he will participate personnally to the dialoque.

Recently-elect leftist government of Alberto Fernández said Tuesday that the law should be evaluated in a way that it would generate the minimal impact on environment. 

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