Costa Rica: Environmental Study for Road to Limon Rejected

The Environmental Impact Study for the extension of Route 32, which will cost $495 million, has shortcomings in form and substance, and does not include geotechnical or and social impact studies.

Friday, October 14, 2016

A work which is urgently needed for the Costa Rican economy is still on hold.

The National Environmental Technical Secretariat (SETENA) believes that the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) submitted by the MOPT and the company CDG Environmental Advisor, is "inadequate and incomplete" and in order to carry on with the evaluation, a request has been made for the presentation within six months of an annex with clarifications.

See: "Costa Rica Endorses $495 million Road Contract"

The resolution states that "...A group of Environmental analysts at SETENA, found that the EIS submitted by the CONAVI and the company CDG Environmental Advisor, does not meet the terms of reference established by SETENA Resolution № 2813-2012-SETENA. "

"... From the aforementioned, they detected deficiencies in form and content, as well as the omission of relevant character studies such as a geotechnical and social component, to determine the Environmental feasibility (License) of the project".


In addition, Setena has formally requested submission of an "... 'original certification or copy certified by a lawyer relating to the global investment amount  for the activity, work or project suggested here, including the amount for expenditures for land purchase (value of the land), construction of facilities, access roads, electrification works, drinking and industrial water, purchase of machinery and equipment, qualified and unqualified 'staff. "

See resolution issued by Setena.

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