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PPA hands out six million in fines for Cancun landfill mismanagement

Cancun, Q.R. — Fines in excess of six million pesos has been handed out by the Environmental Protection Attorney’s Office (PPA). The fines are in relation to the mismanagement of the Cancun landfill.

According to Alonso Fernández Lemmen Meyer, attorney of the Procuraduría de Protección al Ambiente (PPA), fines were assigned to both the city of Cancun and the at-the-time landfill management company.

He reported that the city of Cancun has been fined 1.2 million while Promotora Inmobiliaria Mahahual (PIMSA), the company hired by the city to manage its landfills, has been fined just over 5 million pesos.

He said that 45 environmental infractions were found with each one carrying an approximate fine of 50,000 to 60,000 pesos. Both sides were informed of the fines Friday.

“There were around 45 infractions between the two of them and each one was like a fine of 50,000 to 60,000 pesos,” he explained adding that they are waiting to see if either side is going to appeal the fines.

The Cancun landfill was shut in July after allegations of mismanagement. Photo: Gobierno de Quintana Roo July 2023.

Alonso Fernández said the environmental violations included chemical leaching into the underwater tables, the overflowing of clogged drains, lagoon leaching, failing to compact waste and the poor condition of discharge wells, among other issues.

A complaint was filed against the landfill managing company in July of 2023 for the mismanagement of Cancun garbage that lead to the contamination of the underwater table system.