Summary of the matter addressed in the submission:

The Environmental Law Institute [Instituto de Derecho Ambiental, A.C.], in conjunction with the citizens affected by the explosions of April 22nd (the Submitters), made a submission that the Federal Attorney General and Federal Judiciary did not duly enforce the General Law on Ecological Balance and Environmental Protection (LGEEPA) in relation to the explosions of April 22nd in the Reforma area of the city of Guadalajara, state of Jalisco. [The submission] is based on a resolution dated 28 January 1994, which stayed the proceedings, and on a decision dated 8 February 1994, through which the 6th district criminal court magistrate ruled that the resolution, against which there is no recourse, had definitively ended the case.

Names and citations of the environmental laws in question:

1. Articles 5(1)(j)(l), 6 and 7 of the North American Agreement for Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC)
2. Articles 14, 16, 19, 20 and 21 of the Constitution of the United Mexican States [Constitución política de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos]
3. Articles 182 to 188 of the LGEEPA Law
4. Articles 6 to 11 and 18 of the Federal Criminal Code
5. Articles 1, 2, 4, 10, 41, 134, 135, 136, 138, 141, 144, 146, 292, 298, 299 of the Federal Criminal Procedures Code

Submitter(s):

Instituto de Derecho Ambiental, A.C., et al, with citizens affected by the April 22nd explosions

Submission Timeline

January 9, 1998

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

Acknowledgement - Communication to Submitter(s) authored by Secretariat on 26/01/1998

Submission - Submission authored by Submitter(s) on 09/01/1998

January 9, 1998

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

September 13, 1999

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).

Determination - Secretariat Determination under Article 14 (1) authored by Secretariat on 13/09/1999

October 20, 1999

The Secretariat received a revised submission and began to analyze it.

Submission - Submission authored by Submitter(s) on 15/10/1999

Acknowledgement - Communication to Submitter(s) authored by Secretariat on 20/10/1999

January 11, 2000

The Secretariat determined that the revised submission did not meet the Article 14(1) criteria and terminated the process under guideline 6.3.

Determination - Secretariat Determination under Article 14 (1) authored by Secretariat on 11/01/2000