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How to Fix Environmental Woes in Buenos Aires Shantytown

 IPS 21 September 2019

In the Villa Inflamable shantytown in Buenos Aires, more than 1,500 families are exposed to industrial pollution in precarious homes built on top of soil contaminated with toxic waste. The children are suffering from lead poisoning, which can cause learning disabilities and other chronic health problems. Authorities are trying to resettle families – but they are not always willing to move. (1337 Words) - By Fabiana Frayssinet

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Nora Pavón and one of her daughters in the informal garbage dump behind their home. The swamp acts as a sewer in Villa Inflamable, in the suburb of Avellaneda on the south side of Buenos Aires.Credit: Fabiana Frayssinet/IPS

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The industrial area in the Riachuelo, with the port in the background, in Buenos Aires. There are 13,000 companies registered by ACUMAR along the riverbank, 7,000 of which are industrial. The agency has identified 1,254 toxic substances. Some 900 factories have presented reconversion plans.Credit: Fabiana Frayssinet/IPS

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A street in Villa Inflamable, a shantytown in southern Buenos Aires, in the Dock Sud petrochemical complex on the banks of the Matanzas-Riachuelo River. In that neighbourhood, more than 1,500 families are exposed to industrial pollution and toxic waste, which are poisoning their children.Credit: Fabiana Frayssinet/IPS


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