Textile Industry: Water Pollution Controversy

In Guatemala, authorities in the municipality of Mixco threaten to close down textile companies, claiming that some companies are damaging the drainage system by emitting highly contaminated wastewater.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

After representatives of the commune of Mixco made inspections in the collector located in Pablo VI Avenue, it was reported that the circulating water was dyed red and they accused the textile companies of being guilty of damaging the drains because of the emission of chemical waste in their wastewater.

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Ernest Bran, mayor of Mixco, issued a message last October 19 in which he pointed out that "... The maquilas of the Brigade have destroyed for years the collector of the Pablo VI and now that we are working on the sinkings I realize that they continue to add the chemical that has corroded the tubes despite the fact that two years ago I asked them to stop and since they did not pay attention to me, at this moment I am giving instructions to all the elements of municipal security that are going to close the maquilas (textile)."

Alejandro Ceballos, president of the Guatemalan Apparel and Textile Industry Association (Vestex), said Prensalibre.com that "... in the event that he finds any crime, it is the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) that should proceed with the closing of the stores and not the Municipality of Mixco."

Ceballos added that "... First it has to find out where it comes from, when it has been identified there is a Ministry of Environment, there is legislation to be complied with and the one who does not comply that closes it but he cannot close it, it is not just like that."

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