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More than 64 tons of hazardous waste seized by Profepa

Mexico, D.F. — The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) found the irregular handling of 64.2 tons of hazardous waste in the state of Quintana Roo.

The hazardous waste found included used batteries, lead-acid, oil and lubricants.

More than 115 check points were set up along various highways throughout Mexico, and for the first timed, included the state of Quintana  Roo. The check points, which covered more than 10,000 kms of roadways, were put in place to inspect the loads being carried by transport vehicles.

It was part of the Substances and Hazardous Waste 2015 program set up by the National Operations on Transport and Transboundary Movement of Materials.

Over a two-day period, the agency said they stopped 5,344 transport vehicles and found 4,275 of them were transporting hazardous material improperly or illegally. They said that thanks to the hard work of Profepa, some checkpoints were able to inspect up to 140 freight vehicles per day.

This year, check stops were put in place around the states of Campeche, Chiapas, Coahuila, Guanajuato, Morelos, Nuevo Leon, Queretaro, Quintana Roo, Tabasco and Tamaulipas.

In addition, 11,721 tons of hazardous materials and substances and 2,269 tons of hazardous waste were reviewed. More than 13,840 tons of goods were found that were not covered by the ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) for transport.

Profepa said that during the operation it had the support of the state Federal Police (PF) and municipal police, as well as the General Administration of Customs and the secretariats of National Defense (SEDENA), Navy (Semar) and Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA).

This is the fifth year the agency has set up the check points. Their goal is to stop this type of illegal transporting of hazardous waste and materials along Mexico’s highways, and to promote environmental compliance with proper licensing and disposal of such waste.

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