Coastal construction and mills in the eye of the Environmental Court
The effects on nature caused by hacking and illegal constructions and for the discharge of water in rivers and streams is a situation that the Environmental Administrative Tribunal not to overlook and prepared four new sweeps.
The inspections for the first months of the year, considered from the coastal real estate development operations until the sugar mills.
Initially, next week will visit Puntarenas and Guanacaste, in order to monitor the sugar cane harvest. In those provinces will examine the operations of the Ingenio El Viejo, Taboga and cafés, among others.
During the first sweep will monitor the functioning of water treatment plants, respect of the protection zones, air pollution and consider how the fires that do meet the standards established by law.
Later, attend the Wildlife Refuge Caño Black, in the northern zone to inspect the wetland and determine how the agricultural industry would dry up the pond in the locality.
This visit is made by jointly working with a team from the University of Costa Rica, which will help the judges to form criteria about what is happening in the region.
Also, next April will be another sweep in the canton of Osa, which will inspect the property development in the area, to investigate some complaints about the cutting of forests or protected areas to build houses or other construction, said Joseph Lino Chavez, president of the Tribunal.
With the same purpose, by May the judges are preparing an inspection of the Nicoya Peninsula.
In previous sweeps the Environmental Court has frozen up to 40 real estate projects, such as occurred later in the year in Quepos and Parrita. Where the buildings were closed or have protective measures for allegedly invaded protected areas or by illegal logging.
The buildings range from churches and residential projects to repair shops, which were raised in the mangroves or product of the destruction of primary forest.
The other works were being raised in protected areas within the maritime terrestrial area, where there have been stuffed and being discharged liquid wastes and garbage.
Similarly, it was destroying primary forest in order to build roads or expand the size of land used for crops. Apart from illegal logging are being conducted earthworks left by up to 70 meters remaining.