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Mayor says she won’t allow Calica to continue damaging environment

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The mayor of Playa del Carmen says she will not allow Calica to continue excavating, causing irreversible damage to the environment of the municipality.

Municipal president of Solidaridad, Laura Beristain, says that she will prevent the company from continuing to excavate rock from two areas that are damaging the environment. She says that the company is removing the rock without permits.

The properties being mined are La Adelita and El Corchalito, the same areas that January of this year, the Federal Office of Environmental Protection (Profepa) partially closed them down due to lack of permits.

“Calica, we know, has 35 or 40 years here, (…) and the collateral effects of Calica today damage the municipality of Solidaridad. It is in the courtyard of my house and my municipality, our municipality, is the one that is receiving the direct damage,” said the mayor.

Beristain Navarrete pointed out that she will not stop promoting the installation of Environmental Protection Agency offices around the region to better control and prevent environmental damage.

The excavation of stone carried out in the south of Solidaridad has been condemned by environmentalists who say it causes irreparable damage to the local fauna and flora.