Mexico will proceed "legally" against US company for environmental damage, says López Obrador

Mexico will proceed "legally" against US company for environmental damage, says López Obrador

Mexico will take legal action against a subsidiary of the US firm Vulcan Materials, which operates in the tourist Riviera Maya and to which accused of harming the environmentPresident Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced this Thursday.

“It will proceed legally because there is a violation of the laws and it is a tremendous destruction of the environment,” said the president leftist in his usual morning conference.

López Obrador did not specify what laws he would be violating the company what produces construction aggregates nor the legal actions that your government will take. He however explained that the company had reported that “they were no longer extracting material” in that region from the state of Quintana Roo (east), which is home to the main beach destinations in the Mexican Caribbean, a pillar of the national tourism industry.

“We spent Friday and I flew over and I realized that they are working with everything, extracting material and how they are loading a ship (…). It is audacity to make fun of the authorities of our country,” the president complained.

The company SAC-TUN, a subsidiary of Vulcan and previously known as Calica, has been operating since 1986 its “largest quarry” near Playa del Carmen, where it obtains the raw material to produce aggregates for concrete and asphalt, bases, rocks and stone dust, according to data from the company itself.

A SAC-TUN spokesman told AFP that “for the moment the company is not going to give any position” on the president’s statements.

López Obrador also maintained that the company received its operating permits during the government of former President Ernesto Zedillo (1994-2000), but that currently “it is not legal.”

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