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As recalled, the study carried out in 2013 after the violent conflict between the population of Espinar against the aforementioned mining company revealed to the community members of Alto Huancané and Huisa the presence in their bodies of six heavy metals: cadmium, arsenic, lead, thallium, manganese. and mercury.
But the aforementioned analysis, which was carried out at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, also detected that the commoners had eleven more heavy metals in their blood: antimony, barium, beryllium, cesium, cobalt, molybdenum, platinum, strontium , titanium, tungsten, and uranium.
However, these latest results were not communicated to the residents, until last December 5, revealed a report from the Peruvian newspaper La República.
The alleged concealment had been previously denounced by the clinical doctor Fernando Osores Plengue, from the National Institute of Health (INS), who participated in the investigation together with other professionals from the Center for Occupational Health and Environmental Protection for Health (Censopas).
Before the Ministry of Health, the Comptroller of the Republic and the Ombudsman's Office, Osores denounced that in this case the study protocol was breached and the results of the other eleven metals found were hidden, says La República.
Likewise, the specialist reported that of the 170 urine samples taken, 67 percent contain uranium.
“Chronic exposure to uranium is associated with kidney damage and cancer. This population requires urgent monitoring and attention to their health, "said Osores, who was removed from Censopas after having denounced these irregularities.
For his part, the biologist Carlos Sánchez Zavaleta, who also participated in the investigation, considered that no information had been hidden from those affected.
He indicated that the representatives of the communities knew that the presence of 17 metals would be analyzed and not only of the six that were informed, but that few went to collect the results of the study that were left in the hospital.
On the other hand, La República reports that, in an email, Censopas explained that the researchers only had the consent of the residents for the analysis of six metals, so they did not give them the other eleven that the North American laboratory included in the package.
According to this version, the results of the other eleven metals were delivered in June, at the request of the Local Community of Health Administration of Yauri (CLAS Yauri).
They are still contaminated
Meanwhile, for the community members in the mine's area of influence, the situation has not changed, reports the Republic.
They continue to suffer from the contamination that kills their domestic animals, but they no longer have anyone to claim positions from which the dialogue table has already concluded and the company refuses to listen to them.
They demand international aid, since they consider that they are deceived by the State and the Glencore mining company.