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14 Jun 2022

La Jornada

Mexico: Residents of Atitalaquia file complaint against the mayor for authorising the installation of a garbage dump that puts their health and access to water at risk

"Complaint filed before the CDHEH for the installation of a rubbish dump in Atitalaquia", 14 June 2022

...Residents of the town of Cardonal, municipality of Atitalaquia filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission of the State of Hidalgo (CDHEH) against the mayor Lorenzo Agustín Hernández Olguín, of PRI extraction, and the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources of Hidalgo (Semarnath) for putting their health at risk by authorising the installation and operation of a regional waste landfill...which they commented is causing the contamination of the groundwater in the region...

The neighbours explained that the plant...was built by the company Ecológical Solution México (Esmex) without any consultation or socialisation with the citizens....

Added to this is the proliferation of swarms of flies and mosquitoes that have already caused havoc among the residents.

They reported that last Thursday, in the Municipal Library, they held a meeting for the first time with the mayor and his collaborators to discuss the issue and who supposedly acknowledged that they had agreed to endorse the project without knowing in detail what it was about.

At the end of the meeting, the mayor did not commit himself to anything, so the neighbours decided to file a complaint against the mayor and Semarnath before the CDHEH....

However, according to the activists, shortly afterwards another Semarnath directive was issued authorising the installation of the landfill...

(Translated by the BHRRC)