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Arsenic Water Contamination in Chile's Arica Region Leads to Environmental Catastrophe

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Thirty years ago 20,000 tons of toxic smelting waste arrived by ship to the port of Arica and were transported to the edge of the northern city where they were left uncovered and exposed to the elements. Children from homes abutting the dump trampled playfully across the waste, locals carried off hunks of material to build extensions to their fragile adobe houses, and over time the wind did the