Guatemala: Deadline to Comply with Environmental Standards

Companies have time up until July 2018 to make the necessary modifications to comply with the new environmental rules to avoid fines or even closure of their business.

Friday, October 6, 2017

The Regulation on Environmental Evaluation, Control and Monitoring, published in July 2016, gave a period of two years for companies in operation to implement the changes needed in order to comply with the regulations.

"... According to what was established in Government Agreement 137-2016, two years are given to regularize the environmental instruments of the companies that are in operation, said the environmental consultant Raúl Aguilar, noting that the new regulation of Decree 68-86 includes aspects of environmental monitoring and control to determine whether companies comply with the pending studies." reports that "...Among the regulations that must be observed are those applied by mayoral offices, quality studies on discharges requested by the Authority for Sustainable Management of the Lake Amatitlán Basin, which applies to municipalities in the neighboring the area, NRD standards of the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction, which includes aspects of security in buildings."

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