CEC receives a submission on agricultural waste burning activities in Sonora, Mexico

Montreal, 26 January 2016— The Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) received a submission on 22 January 2016 asserting that Mexico is failing to effectively enforce its climate change and air quality laws in relation to the burning of agricultural waste.

The Submitter, an individual in Mexico, asserts that every year an estimated 100 metric tons of agricultural waste is being burned on nearly 13,000 hectares of agricultural land in the vicinity of Caborca, Sonora. The Submitter maintains that this activity generates pollution following the harvesting of asparagus and that the matter has been communicated to Mexico’s Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) and the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa).

The Secretariat now has 30 days to review the submission and determine whether it meets the admissibility requirements in Article 14(1) of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation.

For more information, please visit the CEC’s Submissions on Enforcement Matters webpage, and the registry of Submission SEM-16-001 (Agricultural Waste Burning in Sonora).