Brazilian families to be removed from pesticide-contaminated site

13 May 2013 22:31  [Source: ICIS news]

CAMPINAS, Brazil (ICIS)--City hall officials from Duque de Caxias, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, have determined that several families that live in an area that is contaminated by the hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) pesticide should be removed from the site until 15 July, a government news agency said on Monday.

The families will be transferred to a public housing program near the area.

The affected area, which is located in the Cidade dos Meninos neighbourhood, is owned by the Brazilian government and was once the site of a pesticide plant. The site was abandoned in the 1980s.

The city will demolish about 400 homes that were being built in the area, officials said.

According to city hall officials, about 750 families are living or building homes in the area.

By: Leo Siqueira
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