Permission Granted to turn Sacred Wirrarika Land into a Toxic Dump

The sacred temple of the Wirrarika valley is a natural place at risk of being converted into a dump for toxins generated by large scale industries.

For the members of the community this is a place for prayer, where they can live and feel Kauyumari, the creating god (Blue deer), where they can connect with one another, ask for healing, harmony, and rain. This sacred place could become a trash can of toxic residue and heavy metals, which would affect the lives of everyone who inhabits the region, including the flora and fauna, being as the air and water would also be contaminated.

The inhabitants of the high altitude community of Potosino formed a committee in defense of of life in Santo Domingo and in the surrounding municipalities, to impede the installation of the toxic waste dump which is at risk of being constructed in Palula.

The installation of a dump

A problem for everyone is arising near the municipality of Santo Domingo in San Luis de Potosí, México, where the mining entrepreneur José Cerrillo Chowell is attempting to operate the Palula ranch on his property, as a dump for toxic waste.

Wirrarika citizen

Wirrarika citizen

The area covers six hundred hectares and it is proposed to hold over 185,000 tons of industrial toxic residue per year, composed predominantly of cyanide, arsenic, chrome, cadmium, mercury, and other heavy metals.

The waste has been classified by all current regulations on the planet as dangerous, corrosive, radioactive, flammable, and infectious. As it’s own classification defines it; toxic, which means that it contains poison or is poisonous.

This area handles over 185,000 tons of poisonous waste. An attack against life is no simple matter, in particular when it involves all of humanity, because it’s our own consumer habits that produce this waste.

No to the toxic dump

No to the toxic dump

The concession and operation of the ranch as a toxic dump was approved by the federal government, despite the opposition by environmental groups and representatives of the affected populations, who call it illegal and fraudulent.

There are many speculations about how the permit was obtained, the principal speculation is that the environmental impact report presented by Mr. Chowell’s company doesn’t comply with the general law regarding ecological balance and environmental protection.

Indeed, even if it were a consequence of our own actions, any toxic dump would have to be illegal. However, the fact is that the so called report omitted the popular consultation provided by law, this represents serious misconduct on the part of Mr. Chowell and the authorities who issued this permit.

Citizens from the affected regions evaluating the damage

Citizens from the affected regions evaluating the damage

Sacred or toxic

The report declared that the dump would be located in an uninhabited region, which is also false, the affected region is a sacred valley for the indigenous Wirrárika people (Huichole), a place which is part of their life and culture, where they practice recollection and prayer.

Nor is the area a desert or inhospitable, it’s the home to protected fauna, like the white tailed deer, boar, rats, snakes, rabbits, and an entire family of plants, some of which are estimated to be around seven hundred years old, an irreplaceable gift of Mother Nature.

The report argues that there is no danger due to the fact that the dump isn’t situated in a protected zone, but the effects of the dump don’t restrain themselves to the six hundred hectares of property owned by Mr. Chowell; Rather they will extend through the entire environmental system that belongs to the Palula ranch.

Morelos citizens protesting against the toxic dump

Morelos citizens protesting against the toxic dump

This won’t only end the lives of animal and plant species, but they will also irreparably affect surrounding populations like Puerto de Cigala, El Encino, Tanque de Guadalupe, Pozo de San Juan, Castañón, San Francisco, Santa Matilde, Tanque Dolores, Santo Domingo, La Victoria, La Merced and Siriaco.

The above doesn’t need any support, because we have seen it work again and again around any mining settlement. There is no justification, less for the sake of satisfying anyone’s greed, to subdue any inhabitant of the world to any kind of poisoning.

Nor does any right exist that validates the destruction of Mother Earth or the habitat which has been and is the home of all of these surrounding populations. Although the law justifies it, the toxic will continue to be toxic, and poisoning any person will continue to be a crime.

Committee for the defense of life in Santo Domingo, with representative Virgilio Caballero. No to the toxic waste dump.

Committee for the defense of life in Santo Domingo, with representative Virgilio Caballero. No to the toxic waste dump.

We ask for solidarity

This is all problem for of humanity. In one sense, because it’s our consumption that makes up part of the causes of the problem. In another sense, because we all live on the same planet and the consequences affect all of us to different extents.

Help us share this message and become a guardian of Mother Earth, this is the call of the United Nations of the Spirit.