A science delegation from Mexico visited the University of Arizona to learn about efforts in mining, engineering and technology over a three-day visit starting on January 27, 2015. The group was led by Alejandro Tello, Senator of the state of Zacatecas and President of the Science and Technology Commission of the Senate in Mexico. Mining is an important part of the economy in Zacatecas, which is the world’s largest producer of silver.
While in Tucson, the delegation interacted with University of Arizona Superfund Research Program (UA SRP) personnel, engaging in productive discussions and taking a tour of the active open-pit ASARCO Mission Mine in Sahuarita, 25 miles south of Tucson. Senator Tello met with Dr. Raina Maier (Director of the UA SRP and Center for Environmentally Sustainable Mining), UA SRP collaborator Dr. Mary Poulton (Director of the Institute for Mineral Resources), and Dr. Jim Field (UA SRP Investigator and Director of the Dean Carter Binational Center for Environmental Health Sciences) for a long discussion on sustainable mining and how to facilitate adoption of sustainable mining practices in Mexico.