Summary of the matter addressed in the submission:

The company Mercerizados y Teñidos de Guadalajara, S.A. asserts that Mexico failed to enforce effectively Articles 5, 6 and 7 of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC) and Article 194 of the General Law of Ecological Equilibrium and Environmental Protection (Ley General de Equilibrio Ecológico y Protección Ambiental-LGEEPA), by denying probative value in a civil trial to a technical opinion issued by the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente-Profepa), in relation to groundwater contamination caused by the firm Dermet, S.A. de C.V. that produces pesticides and fungicides and is located in the city of Guadalajara in Jalisco.

Names and citations of the environmental laws in question:

North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, Articles 5(2)(j) and (l), 6(3)(a) and (d) and 7(1)(d). General Law on Ecological Balance and Environmental Protection, Article 194.

Submitter(s):

Mercerizados y Teñidos de Guadalajara, S.A.

Submission Timeline

June 14, 2001

The Secretariat received a submission and began a preliminary analysis of it under the guidelines.

Submission - Submission authored by Submitter(s) on 21/05/2001

Acknowledgement - Communication to Submitter(s) authored by Secretariat on 15/06/2001

June 14, 2001

The Secretariat began reviewing the submission under Article 14(1)

September 19, 2001

The Secretariat notified the submitter(s) that the submission did not meet all of the Article 14(1) criteria and the submitter(s) had 30 days to provide the Secretariat with a revised submission that conforms with Article 14(1).

Other Documents - Communication to Submitter(s) authored by Secretariat on 19/09/2001

Determination - Secretariat Determination under Article 14 (1) authored by Secretariat on 19/09/2001

October 19, 2001

The thirty-day term expired without the Secretariat receiving a submission that conformed to Article 14(1). Under guideline 6.2, the process was therefore terminated.