Heavy metals are school health risk in Murcia 

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A FORMER mining site next to a school will be decontaminated after heavy metals were found that present an “unacceptable” toxic and cariogenic risk to children. 

The contaminated land is just 16 metres from the San Gines de la Jara school, located in Llano del Beal (Cartagena). 

Councillor for Environment, Cristina Mora, reported that analysis showed higher than acceptable levels of cadmium, chromium, copper, zinc, arsenic and lead. 

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A report prepared by Hera Holding SL detected risk to schoolchildren, specifically by “exposure routes assessed: contact and accidental ingestion of soil.” 

The council owns 2,000 sqm of the affected land – which is a former spoil tip – and will now draft a project to clean up the site. 

The other part of the site – that measures 4,600sqm – belongs to Portman Golf, which has now been asked to carry out a risk assessment. 

The regional Department of Education had already paved the schoolyard in 2017 when heavy metal pollution was found. 

Earlier this year Cartagena council concreted the courtyard of Estrecho de San Ginés school for the same reason. 

In the meantime, the Court of Instruction Two of Cartagena is maintaining an open investigation on the contamination of the San Agustín site and its effects on schoolchildren. 
 


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