CEC receives submission on the City Park project in León, Guanajuato

Montreal, 1 May 2019—On 16 April 2019, the organization Acción Colectiva Socioambiental, A.C. (the “Submitter”), filed a submission with the CEC Secretariat, asserting that Mexico is failing to effectively enforce its environmental laws with respect to the City Park project in the city of León, Guanajuato, Mexico.

In submission SEM-19-002 (City Park Project), the Submitter asserts that the León municipal authorities’ authorization for the construction of the City Park project was illegal because they lacked jurisdiction to evaluate and authorize the project, since under the General Act on Ecological Balance and Environmental Protection (Ley General del Equilibrio Ecológico y la Protección al Ambiente—LGEEPA), this is a duty of the state and federal governments. The Submitter further alleges that the municipal authority did not adequately consider the project’s effects on the environment and that it violated the environmental impact assessment procedure.

The CEC Secretariat has thirty (30) days to examine the submission and determine whether it satisfies the requirements set forth in Article 14(1) of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC).

For further information, consult the CEC Submission on Enforcement Matters website and the registry of submission SEM-19-002 (City Park Project).