Cyanide effects – case study: Marlin Mine, Guatemala

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Cyanide effects – case study: Marlin Mine, Guatemala

Despite the fact that the experts consider symptoms as cutaneous eruptions and respiratory issues “specific to cyanide exposure”, and numerous cases presenting these symptoms were recorded close to the Marlin Mine, in Guatemala, no study was ever conducted in that specific area. As a result, the representatives of Goldcorp declared that “there is no prove of an existing connection between the use of cyanide and these cases”… Even though:

  • “The maximum concentrations of cyanide, copper and mercury were 3, 10 and even 20 times over the IFC standards” – according to a report issued in 2006 by E-tech International regarding the state of the water in the residual dam;
  • “Biological specimens collected from a group sample residing in the neighboring of the mine show higher levels of mercury, copper, arsenic and zinc in urine and lead in blood, compared to specimens collected from people living 7 km away from the mine” – according to a research conducted by Michigan University and published in 2010.