Semarnat closes Vulcan facility in Quintana Roo due to environmental damage

The government of Mexico temporarily closed some facilities of the US construction company Vulcan located in Quintana Roo, accusing a “serious deterioration of the ecosystems” in the area, a measure that the company considers outside the law.

Vulcan Materials reported Thursday that Mexican officials presented their employees with “arbitrary” and “illegal” closure orders that day for their operations at a gigantic limestone extraction quarry in the tourist state of Quintana Roo.

The Environment Secretary announced this Friday that it went to verify the activities carried out by the company and “preventively placed closure seals on environmental impact and land use change on forest land.”

Derived from the inspection, the existence of probable damage and serious deterioration to the ecosystems was warned,” detailed the agency on the incident with the company, the largest US producer of aggregates for construction.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has focused for months on the activities of Vulcan in Quintana Roo, alleging that they pollute the area, while criticism from environmental groups against a government railway project in the same area intensified.

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