It is the highest level of intoxication that scientists have found in Colombia. According to toxicologist Jesus Olivero, the situation is so worrying that even the survival of these indigenous peoples would be at stake.
Not only people are affected, as the flora and fauna are other victims of this metal, mainly in the Amazon
Comptroller General of the Republic warns on water contamination and risks, because mercury remains in fishes.
Small mines dump 10 tons of mercury over a thousand miles of watercourses in the country to process illegal gold.
Study indicates that some indigenous people have up to eight times the maximum permissible limit.
Should be avoided importation of the metal for this industry and use inexpensive and biodegradable technology already available in the country.
Mercury is burned to extract the pure gold from metal and produces dangerous vapors.
A project that seeks to ban the use of mercury in all cases is about to become law of the Republic.
A number between 15 and 20 thousand miners are responsible for all the gold production in the country, using methods that poisoned wildlife and people. ,
The sinister glow of the mercury used in mining to facilitate the separation of gold, is a risk to plants, animals and human populations.