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Mexico: Grupo México ordered to suspend mining and transport facility following acid spill

“Authorities suspend Grupo México's facility after sulfuric acid spill”, 22nd July 2019

…Mexico’s environmental prosecutor, Profepa…ordered the partial and temporary closure of mining and transport firm Grupo México’s Guaymas facility after it spilled sulfuric acid in the Gulf of California. Last week, Grupo México said it had immediately controlled the July 9 spill, which it blamed on a valve failure at the Guaymas facility on the coast of the gulf, which is one of Mexico’s most diverse ecosystems. Grupo México's facilities located in the Integral Port Administration in Guaymas, Apiguay, where the company spilled sulfuric acid into the Sea of Cortez, violates the Ecological Equilibrium and Environment Protection Law (LGEEPA) because the company lacks an environmental impact assessment, Mexico's Environment and Natural Resources Ministry (Semarnat) announced after it examined the company's Guaymas facility…Profepa said it ordered the temporary closure of the facility after visiting the site twice, saying the firm lacked the proper environmental permits for its activities. Today, Mexican mining and transport firm Grupo México said that the Navy Ministry reported it did not find environmental damage from the company’s sulfuric acid spill at its Guaymas facility on the Gulf of California, even though the Profepa ordered the partial and temporary closure of the site following the spill…