On Friday, July 19, PROFEPA
revisited the facilities to carry out a second inspection, declaring a partial temporary shutdown related only to the storage process and transportation of sulfuric acid at the terminal, arguing the absence of an authorization of environmental impact.
Esta obra fue clausurada por la Procuraduria Federal de Proteccion Ambiental (PROFEPA
), resultado de la alteracion de areas destinadas a la conservacion y se emitio una sancion economica a esta institucion (FONATUR).
According to Joel Gonzalez Moreno, who leads the PROFEPA
division charged with monitoring wildlife, marine resources, and coastal ecosystems, investigations require large amounts of time and effort because cases are viewed under the statutes governing organized crime.
Operations at the Veta Grande mill were stopped on November 3, 2017, based on a notice issued by PROFEPA
requesting a temporary suspension of operations until certain licensing documentation related to the operatorship of the mill was filed with regulatory bodies.
"On September 20, water measurements conducted by PROFEPA
, the National Water Commission, and the company reported normal acidity levels in the Bacanuchi and Sonora rivers."
Mexico's environmental protection agency, Profepa
, is supervising containment of the 1,500-barrel spill that killed fish, injured wildlife and left greasy slicks in the Coatzacoalcos river.