The study coordinated by the INCT, the UFMG, and the University of Queensland in Australia, has revealed through chemical analyses that arsenic concentrations in Paracatu are within the safety limits accepted both nationally and internationally.
The INCT-Acqua Institute was established by a program created by the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation with the aim of supporting the development of institutes at the forefront of scientific and technological knowledge in strategic areas for the sustainable development of the country. With a multidisciplinary team from Brazil and abroad, INCT-Acqua offers a systemic and integrated approach to problems arising from the interface of mineral and metallurgical activities with water quality, soil, air and aquatic biodiversity.
While financed by Kinross, the project’s results are independent and its authors highly respected academics. The project in Paracatu is led by Professors Virginia Ciminelli, a chemical engineer from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Massimo Gasparon, a geochemist from the School of Earth Sciences of The University of Queensland (Australia) and Professor Jack Ng, a certified and globally renowned toxicologist from the National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology of The University of Queensland.
Having spent the last six years studying arsenic in Paracatu, presenting their key findings at international arsenic conferences and in peer-reviewed journals, the research team is able to provide an objective and scientifically based exposure assessment of arsenic in Paracatu.
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