Mexico City, Mexico — A total of 29 mines deemed unsafe will be shut down across Mexico. The closures were announced by the Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente (Profepa) on Wednesday.
Procedures have already begun that will see the 29 mines shut. The decision to close them was made by the Federal Government after the early August mine flood in Coahuila that left at least 10 dead.
The bodies of the miners remain inside since rescue efforts were not possible. Since that accident, eight mines in Sabinas, Coahuila have already been shut down. According to Profepa, those eight were shut after they were found with soil contamination and to be creators of hazardous waste.
They were also closed down after illegal residual discharges were located, making them a risk to the environment and its workers. Profepa reported a total of 29 mine that will be closed, 21 of which are located in Coahuila.
The other eight mines to be closed down include two located in Hidaglo and one in Baja California Sur, Nayarit, Puebla, Michoacan, Durango and Colima.