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Concern in Mexico over gold exploration near nuclear plant | MINING.com

29.7.17

Concern in Mexico over gold exploration near nuclear plant | MINING.com: Talking to the news outlet ElRegio.com, physicist Bernardo Salas Mar, who is also a former employee of the Laguna Verde nuclear plant, said that authorities acted in an irresponsible way when they approved Candelaria’s activities. “Nuclear plants must be built in areas with low population density and where no industrial, fishing, agricultural, or livestock activities take place. Allowing a miner to operate there is absurd. This might entangle the objectives of the External Radiological Emergency Plan,” he said (in Spanish).

Since Caballo Blanco is an advanced-stage open-pit, heap leach gold mine, Salas Mar said that once explosions start to take place, the nearby nuclear reactors are likely to fail. “That’s the reason why the Secretary of Hydraulic Resources refused to allow the building of a dam in Laguna Verde’s mountains,” he added.


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