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State appoints new Profepa head after environment permit scandals

Cancún, Q.R. — In the wake of ongoing controversy, the state of Quintana Roo has appointed a new head for its Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa).

Effectively immediately, Javier Castro Jiménez has been appointed delegate of the Federal Environmental Attorney’s Office in Quintana Roo in the midst of a new crisis generated by the authorization of controversial investment projects in the state.

Rodolfo Vilchis Noriega, who was appointed Profepa head just two months ago, has been relieved of his duties as of November 30. Rodolfo Vilchis Noriega was in charge of Profepa until Mexico City’s Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection, Guillermo Haro Bélchez, pointed out new controversy generated by permits granted to a new hotel project in Playa Delfines.

Prior to Vilchis Noriega, Carolina García Cañón had maintained the position of head of Profepa, however, she resigned in September, a day after inspectors imposed the first closing seals on the Ynfinity development located within Malecón Tajamar. She also had additional criminal allegations made against her including the expansion of Me by Melía without environmental permits.

Carolina García Cañón was appointed in February 2015 to replace Ludivina Menchaca Arias, who was dismissed along with other officials of the agency for granting permits to the controversial Dragon Mart project.

Javier Castro Jiménez, the new head of Profepa, has been subdelegado of Management of Semarnat and head of Legal Unit of this unit in Veracruz.