Hermosillo, Sonora (DP) .- The Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) said if Cytrar reopen, it shall not be used as a toxic waste dump or receive hazardous waste, and shall be used for other activities.

At the opening of the Expo Forest located in Guadalajara, Jalisco, the head of SEMARNAT, Juan Jose Guerra Abud denied that the Federation wants to reopen three toxic landfills in San Luis Potosi, Sonora, Hidalgo for hazardous waste

"These centers will not be reopening for disposal of hazardous waste, the intention that you have is to give them another use, is an infrastructure that is there that can be used for any other activity, not to be spent for hazardous waste," said the official federal.

Following the announcement of the reopening of the toxic waste dump known as Cytrar Sonora, Sonora environmentalists begin to speak out against the proposed government of the Republic in the framework of devastation caused nearly three months ago, by the negligence of Grupo Mexico in the Sonora River.

Marches, road stops, takes office and a long list of protests skipped the light shortly before a clear culture of fear created by the government's inability and a fragile ecological legislation allowing inclement plundering, pollution and criminal attack against all forms of life in Sonora.

The Cytrar built in 1988 as an industrial waste landfill Ford-Hermosillo plant and later, in 1996, as a reception center for toxic materials, was "officially" closed by the Government of the Republic by the end of 2010 by stating that environmental pollution disappeared.

In almost 14 years of being in a process of partial closure and waste shipment to other places, then Sonora delegate of the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) announced that the Toxic Waste Landfill cease to exist.

Rodolfo Flores Hurtado said beforehand once performed this procedure, it will start a building project with a federal agency offices, as a sign that there is no risk to the environment.

At that time, said that it has declared a technical closure of Cytrar after being carried out of the site remediation process why it is hundred percent safe conditions to maximize space for some projects.
No risk

He said in that instead of 6 hectares is intended to build facilities SEMARNAT own in place and if the state or municipality so wish, you can give them the land for projects they deem appropriate, actions that could begin to make a once you do this officially close before the end of this year.

Flores Hurtado added that all wastes there were open pit were removed for the safety of the community, while those who were already buried, they made a technological protection process, so do not pose any risk to the environment or underground.

He noted that 14 years of work and procedures to be there every scrap of the Ford Plant and the Federal Electricity Commission concluded, therefore no longer represent any environmental problems after being certified for decommissioning next.

On December 7, 88, the toxic waste dump was originally approved by the National Institute of Ecology, it was given the name of "Industrial Parks of Sonora" with a duration of five years and only for regional waste.

Between the years 1996 and 1998, Cytrar clandestinely poured all waste among them heavy metals like lead, mercury, manganese, solvents, expired drugs, and even biological-infectious waste car batteries, scrap believed currently exceed 300 thousand tons.

The company started in 1998 with the transfer of hazardous waste, even abroad, and starts the operation of illegal toxic waste dump, with a permit issued land use by the municipal authorities.

Located south of the city in a place known as "The Vipers" the Cytrar was operated from 96 to 98 by the Spanish Environment Environmental Technical Group (Tecmed); however, due to protests by social groups and closes November 19, SEMARNAT not renew the operating license of the landfill.

For over 25 years, hundreds of families of Cuauhtémoc, Adolfo de la Huerta and Altars, colonies have suffered attributed to rods contaminated with radiation with which they built their houses, among other "planted" substances in Cytrar considered materials diseases dangerous that have left dozens of cancer deaths.

Derived from research by Political Dossier, the harmful health effects of those who live and / or inhabited this area of the city reveal that the presence of high levels of radioactive toxicity in their homes is mainly caused physical deformities and physiological in hundreds of infants, children and adults.

As a second reason, residents of Southern Hermosillo consider is the wide variety of chemical wastes were buried in Cytrar, but still, more than 300 thousand tons of hidden toxic material in place, would pollute the environment and human health.

The 100 deaths

For over two decades, the authorities of the three levels of government have maintained total secrecy on the issue despite the results of the studies conducted by the Department of Geology at the University of Sonora and various international companies who have been interested in this social problems and warn, the constant risk of death.

At this time, a hundred residents of Cuauhtemoc colonies Adolfo de la Huerta and Valle del Marqués, at least, has died of cancer caused by the presence of radiation in their homes and about 150 more, would suffer from the disease today said Evangelina Lopez Romo de Vivar.

The social activist, who will be detected cancer, recalled that for 5 years, "the first move we made with regard to the issue of probable contamination in this sector through the rods in some houses, we ask the Government monitoring environmental south of the city. "

With documents in hand, described the series of actions undertaken several affected neighbors who decided to go to the authorities to ask that would meet the serious public health problem that began to take shape as a result of the radioactive material.

He explained that "we made a complaint to the problem the first of November 2005 and to Congress of the state, because after 10 to 15 years we were feeling the effects of pollution of the rods as is now happening in the house of the Altars where Rios family lives. "

Mrs. Evangelina regretted that so far, at least one hundred residents of Southern Hermosillo has died of liver cancer victims, scapula, stomach, cervical, lupus, throat, brain tumor, desplacía, breast cysts, among others, and currently about 150 more would be sick.

"It is unfortunate that people keep getting sick and after so many years the authorities not doing anything, we need you to turn to the south of the city, they see that there is a big health problem, we require the Secretary of Health invests in scientific studies and staff will attend to the problem, "he said.

He said that for 5 years to bring the case in the hands of the state authorities have not received any response, "because they simply do not care what happens to us, do not care about the lives of people and pollution."

He criticized the government continue to grant permits for construction of subdivisions to the south-west of Hermosillo, near the confinement of Cytrar toxic waste, "but that does not see what the people who buy these houses although I understand that they do because they are cheap."