AKUMAL, Q. Roo — It’s only been open for just over a month, but the Akumal office of the environmental protection agency Profepa has already found irreversible environmental damages that have triggered more than 3.5 million pesos (nearly USD $200,000) in fines.
When it opened last month, Profepa’s Akumal office faced a backlog of 120 allegedly irregular projects in the Akumal-Tulum corridor along Quintana Roo’s coast.
As of Tuesday May 17, the agency had issued closure orders for 11 projects in the region.
One of those fined and ordered closed was the Villas Akumal hotel in the Quintana Roo town of Tulum. Profepa found that the hotel didn’t have the necessary permits to establish or operate such a business, nor to discharge its wastewater into the neighboring mangrove swamps, affecting the marine ecosystem, the beach and plant life.
Nor had the 4,472-square-meter hotel, which has 26 villas and two swimming pools, obtained an environmental impact assessment, which was the reason why Profepa ordered its closure.
A similar conclusion was reached in the case of the construction of Plaza Ukana, whose excavations and a perimeter wall on the foreshore are regarded as a serious crime.
A second project under construction, known as Lote 28, in the Tulsayab zone, was also shut down for illegally removing 1,462 square meters of mangroves. The project also lacked the necessary permits for land-use change.
Profepa said the two projects affected the ecosystems of two varieties of mangrove — red (Rizophora mangle) and white (Laguncularia Racemosa) — and of the Florida thatch palm (Thrinax radiata). The species are considered threatened by Semarnat, the Environmental Secretariat.
The environmental agency reported that those responsible for the damages will be fined up to 50,000 minimum wages, or 3.65 million pesos (USD $198,000). Mitigation and restoration measures will also be ordered.
more recommended stories
Carbon Dioxide emissions see steep jump in 2018
Scientists say after several years of.
Mexico’s Polytechnic Institute and local company NC-Tech to create industrial training center 4.0
Mexico, Dec. 14 (Notimex).- The School.
MEXICO TO REGULATE ENTRY AT SOUTHERN BORDER
Mexico ’s top security official said.
Mexico has the potential to become the main supplier of cannabidiol (CBD) in the world
Cannabidiol is a raw material derived.
AMLO asks Mother Earth’s permission to build Maya Train project
Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
Mexican model Vanessa Ponce de Leon wins Miss World 2018 beauty contest
A Mexican model and volunteer was.
Christmastime in Mexico is full of traditions
To say that Mexico is a.
Puerto Vallarta Wins 2018 Gay Cities ‘Fun in the Sun’ Award
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – The warmth Puerto.
Battle between the US & Mexico over the US Dolphin Safe label comes to an end
More than a decade since Mexico.
Mexico will host international Solar Power Fair in 2019
Mexico will host one of the.