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Calica closed for failing to comply with project terms

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The Federal Office of Environmental Protection (Profepa) closed the exploitation activities of the company Calizas Industriales del Carmen (Calica).

The company had their activities shut down for, what Profepa officials say, was a failure to comply with the terms of their approved project of use of limestone below the water table.

After several inspections of the site, which began in May 2017, officials said a review of the file concluded that the company exceeded the authorized exploitation area, which is seven hectares per year, and since they were given authorization until 2020, the total would have been 140 hectares.

“It was found that the surface surplus is 2.15 hectares, that is to say, at the date of the visit, the company had extracted material at 142.15 hectares, which means that it has already exhausted the exploitation area,” Profepa said in a statement.

The company could face a fine of more than four million peso.

Calica is the largest exporter of sand and gravel to the United States, and has a concession until 2037 for the operation of the port terminal for loading, storage, handling and distribution of stone material.