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Environmental agency closes section of Cancun landfill

Cancun, Q.R. — Inspectors from the Environmental Protection Agency (PPA) have temporarily closed a section of the Cancun sanitary landfill. The landfill was closed after Mayor Ana Patricia Peralta filed a legal complaint for alleged environmental damage due to waste disposal mismanagement.

The PPA imposed the temporary partial closure of the Cancun landfill Monday and is conducting investigations into the complaint filed by Cancun City Council.

Through an official statement, Alonso Fernández Lemmen Meyer, the Quintana Roo Attorney for Environmental Protection, reported that he carried out a visit to inspect the dump. While there, he found the mismanagement of waste by Promotora Inmobiliaria Majahual, SA de CV, the company responsible for the landfill.

“We observed that the leachate drains are clogged by residues which is why notable overflows were found in the four vessels of the lagoon. We were also able to verify that the emerging cell is inoperative so we will continue with the supervision to determine appropriate action,” he said.

Mexican environmental regulations establish corrective actions and immediate provisional security measures, which is why the dump was temporarily closed.

According to Lemmen Meyer, the city of Cancun moves 1,300 tons of garbage per day into the landfill.