Pluspetrol spokeswoman Claudia Fontenoy said its refuse dumps do not currently contain lead-bearing waste such as batteries or electrical cables, and the company plans to eliminate the dumps altogether by 2014.
Anticona and her colleagues last December recommended an education program, non-toxic fishing sinkers and closure of the dumps. But because of turnover of public health officials and resistance from some communities, the recommendations have languished.
“It has been a great frustration for me,” she said, “that so far, nothing has been done.”
This article originally ran at Environmental Health News, a news source published by Environmental Health Sciences, a nonprofit media company.