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Jul 13, 2016

Santander Issued with Stop Order for Environmental Breaches

There is big news tonight coming out of the largest new industry in the west of the country. Santander, located in Valley of Peace in the Cayo District, recently started exporting sugar from its state of the art processing facility on twenty-thousand acres. The company employs eight hundred, and represents an investment of almost two hundred million dollars. But tonight Santander is in big trouble with the Department of the Environment. That’s because the facility is in breach of environmental regulations laid out in its Environmental Compliance Plan, or ECP. It’s a serious situation, so much so that the Department has issued Santander with a stop order. Today, News Five spoke to C.E.O. in the Ministry of the Environment Colin Young who told us why the stop order became necessary.

 

On the Phone: Colin Young, C.E.O., Ministry of the Environment

“Over the last, I would say, six weeks or so we were informed that there were some breaches to their ECP and so we assembled a multi-agency team that included the Forestry Department, the Fisheries Department, the Mining Department and the Department of the Environment who on two separate field visits to Santander did in fact identify a number of breaches to the Environmental Compliance Plan including the building of two canals without permission and constructing two dams. So it was based on that field visit that we proceeded to ask the Department of the Environment to issue a stop order to them and to request that they remedy the damage that they have done.  The Department has been looking at the violations to see how we can…the thing is that we can proceed against them in terms of the offences, looking at the case to build the evidentiary case to proceed to fining them for the breach as per the EPA.” 

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3 Responses for “Santander Issued with Stop Order for Environmental Breaches”

  1. MNHG says:

    But they are employing all 800 Guatemalan workers. So why they come to damage our environment to make money in our country?
    They certainly cannot do that in their country , so they do it in a foreign country !!!

  2. Jahson says:

    Thats right GOB-remember the Papaya industry the DOE helped to destroy? Lets save the fish and the lizards and the revenue, forcing exchange and employees starve for a few weeks if not months. How stupid can GOB be? These people are creating a new industry for the whole WEST, some eggs will be broken to make a few omelettes, but these morons prefer to shut down industry because they dug canals? for what? to water the cane in this drought season? Its not like they were dumping oil into the ground. Lets continue to produce mickey mouse amounts and think Belize is a sugar powerhouse then. Haters.

  3. Belizean Pride says:

    lets see what comes out of this really, foreign companies need to keep in line with stipulations strictly. In many countries foreign companies have causes major damages some irreversible to the environment which we as a young country need to watch out for these types. So I applaud the departments involved in this case to see that truly they are penalized for this and to make them know we are serious it is our duty to maintain our environment the best we can.

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