Arsenic pollution in Aude: concern for 38 overexposed children

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The Regional Health Agency (ARS) Occitanie revealed this Tuesday the results of the "system of clinical and biological monitoring individual arsenic exposure of the populations of the Orbiel Valley", which had been set up beginning of July.

Device that had been put in place following a strong concern of the inhabitants of the Aude against the risk that the water is polluted with arsenic.

Last October, floods paralyzed the area. The health authorities had reported a risk that water could carry arsenic and heavy metals, waste from the former Salsigne gold mine closed in 2004.

Read also: The total cost of floods in the Aude estimated at 200 million euros

Thus, 103 children under 11 years were tested and 38 of them have an arsenic rate per gram of creatinine greater than 10 micrograms / gram (reference value). And of these 38 children, 11 even have a rate above 15 μg / g.

Instructions were given to parents to limit or eliminate the source of exposure. New checks will have to be carried out in two months to check that the arsenic rate of these children has decreased.

"When the concentration found is greater than the reference value of 10 μg / g, it is recommended to carry out a control sampling two months after having removed or limited the sources of exposure, since a single determination can not show exposure over time since it reflects a recent exposure, not a chronic exposure ", explained the LRA in his statement.

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(tagsToTranslate) Pollution Arsenic (t) Orbiel Valley (t) Children (t) Floods (t) Gold Mine

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