Lead exposure from soil in Peruvian mining towns: a national assessment supported by two contrasting examples.

  title={Lead exposure from soil in Peruvian mining towns: a national assessment supported by two contrasting examples.},
  author={Alexander van Geen and Carolina Bueno Bravo and Vladimir Gil and Shaky Sherpa and Darby Jack},
  journal={Bulletin of the World Health Organization},
  volume={90 12},
OBJECTIVE To estimate the population of Peru living in the vicinity of active or former mining operations that could be exposed to lead from contaminated soil. METHODS Geographic coordinates were compiled for 113 active mines, 138 ore processing plants and 3 smelters, as well as 7743 former mining sites. The population living within 5 km of these sites was calculated from census data for 2000. In addition, the lead content of soil in the historic mining town of Cerro de Pasco and around a… CONTINUE READING


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