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Dec 15, 2021

Waterloo to Appeal NEAC Decision on EIA

Today, the Department of the Environment informed the Board of Directors of Waterloo Investments Holdings that the National Environmental Appraisal Committee will not be granting environmental clearance for their proposed cruise port terminal and expansion of its bulk cargo facility.  The letter, from the Chief Environment Officer, says the committee is of the opinion that numerous submission of documents and scientific data were “lacking in completeness.” They also contend the E.I.A. report, addendum and other information did not adequately address the provision of alternative options for the disposal of drudge spoils, among other issues and allege insufficient consultations were held with the population to be affected nearest to the proposed project site.  Waterloo, for its part has issued a release stating its disappointment with the decision and categorically rejecting the allegation that the information submitted was incomplete.  Waterloo contends to both NEAC and the D.O.E. that they responded to all questions and concerns raised in an “expeditious and complete manner.” They term the denial of the environmental clearance to be flawed and coming against provable requests for bribes from certain parties involved. Waterloo says it will appeal the decision under the Environmental Laws of Belize, and terms the NEAC decision as “clearly tainted with illegality and irrationality and treaty rights under the bilateral investments Treaty between Belize and the United Kingdom.” Waterloo also intends to seek full disclosure of all submissions made by competing cruise port projects being developed by Stake Bank Enterprises and Portico Enterprises.

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