Restrictions on Metal Mining in El Salvador

Draft legislation presented by the Ministries of Economy and Environment has temporarily suspended procedures related to exploration and metal mining.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

A statement from the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador reads:

The legislatative assembly has received a bill requesting the suspension of exploration and metal mining in El Salvador.

The President of the Legislative Assembly, Siegfried Reyes, accompanied by representatives from the Committee on Environment and Climate Change, today received from the ministers of the Environment and Natural Resources (MARN), Herman Rosa Chavez and Economy (MINEC) Armando Flores, a draft Special Law for the Suspension of the Administrative Procedures related to Project Exploration and Exploitation of Mineral Mining.

Minister Rosa Chavez said the proposal aims to "provide for the temporary suspension of all current or future proceedings relating to the implementation of projects for exploration and metal mining in the country", which has been received in both ministries and new applications can not be made until the suspension has been lifted on the basis of a comprehensive review.

For its part, the Finance Minister said that the joint work, was made with full awareness that "our country does not have the necessary conditions at this time to allow this type of works, and that it would harm the health of the inhabitants of the areas where both exploration and mining are performed. "

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