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Government of Mexico files complaint with UN against Vulcan Materials

Mexico City, Mexico — The Government of Mexico has filed an official complaint with the United Nations Organization (UN) for environmental disaster regarding Sac-Tun.

For weeks, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said his government would file the complaint if the company moved forward with operations. Earlier this week, María Luisa Albores, head of the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat), filed the complaint against Vulcan Materials, the owner of Sac-Tun, before the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

“The territory belongs to the Mexicans. Taking care of it is our responsibility. We come to defend nature and our sovereignty,” María Luisa Albores posted on social media.

Jesús Ramírez Cuevas, the General Coordinator of Social Communication of the Presidency of the Republic, also posted on social media saying “by protecting the territory and natural resources, a future for the next generations are defended.”

At the beginning of May, Semarnat closed the Sac-Tun extraction site located south of Playa del Carmen. At the time, they said “as a result of the inspection, the existence of probable serious damage and deterioration to the ecosystem was noted, therefore, based on environmental legislation, the total temporary closure of the activities and work carried out on the site was imposed as a security measure.”