Summary of the matter addressed in the submission:

The Submitter asserts that since 1963 a limestone open-pit mine has been operating adjacent to the National Park of Sumidero Canyon (the “Canyon”). The Submitter further assert that in recent years the east face of the Canyon has been “severely damaged with cracks,” allegedly due to the quarry operations.

The Submitter moreover asserts that several environmental and health impacts can be associated with the open-pit mining operations, including noise and air emissions beyond maximum permissible levels, harm to flora and fauna, and damage to the respiratory health of the nearby community of Ribera de Cahuaré.

Names and citations of the environmental laws in question:

Reglamento de la Ley General del Equilibrio Ecológico y la Protección al Ambiente en materia de Evaluación de Impacto Ambiental.


Comité Pro-Mejoras de la Ribera Cahuaré

Submission Timeline

February 25, 2010

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

Submission - Submission authored by Submitter(s) on 18/02/2010

Acknowledgement - Communication to Submitter(s) authored by Secretariat on 25/02/2010

June 14, 2010

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 14/06/2010

July 14, 2010

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.