Dominican Republic’s hellhole recovers its ‘paradise’ status
Santo Domingo.- A prominent think tank on Friday said it pulled a sector of the town of Haina from its list of the planet’s most polluted sites, after an environmental cleanup removed old batteries from the soils at the MetaloXsa plant, at Paraiso de Dios.
The Blacksmith Institute had assigned the village the dubious distinction from the pollution with heavy metals caused by the discarded batteries.
The Haina and South Region Industries Association (lAEIHaina) and the Environment Ministry made the announcement in a press conference in Haina, where they read a letter from Blacksmith senior program director Bret Ericson, at the Association’s request. “Let me inform you that thanks to the remediation work carried out in 2010 at the MetaloXsa site…, this place is no longer within the list of the world’s most polluted places, since it ceased to be a toxic threat to the population.”
Paraiso de Dios was included among the most polluted places in the world in 2007, due to the battery plant’s toxins which sickened te inhabitants of the area.
The uproar from the report prompted environment and local authorities to requite Inter-American Development Bank and Blacksmith funding for an environmental cleaning up with community volunteers, who today enjoy a green space for children and adults as well.
In the letter Blacksmith notes that Paraiso de Dios “is the only place that has been on the list and whose successful remediation has made it a safe zone for nearby residents.”
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