More Time to Comply with Environmental Permits

In Guatemala, the government has extended until January 3, 2020, the timeframe for regularizing projects, works, industries or activities that do not have an environmental impact study.

Friday, July 13, 2018

n dir="ltr">Through agreement 137-2016, the government gave a period of two years for the environmental regularization of the different industries to take place, this period expired on July 11 of this year. 

See also "Environmental permits: More agile procedures promised"

However, the authorities changed the compliance deadlines through the approval of agreement 121-2018, which establishes that companies must go to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) to regularize their status of environmental licenses and tools such as the EIA. reports that a statement issued by the MARN explains that " ... the purpose of the extension is 'to encourage compliance with environmental regulations, in addition to having sectoral information that enables us to generate adequate indicators in terms of the environment and natural resources'."

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