PROFEPA Detects 408 Tons of Hazardous Waste in 2015

The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (“PROFEPA”) detected the irregular handling of 408 tons of hazardous waste, including 36 tons of electronic waste, over the course of eight National Highway Operations conducted in 2015.  The Operations were carried out to ensure compliance with national laws and regulations pertaining to the transport of hazardous materials, substances, and wastes. 

Mexico Publishes Responses to Comments Received on Proposed Modifications to PCB Rules

The Secretariat of Environment ("SEMARNAT") has published its responses to comments received on NOM-133-SEMARNAT-2015, the proposed modifications to NOM-133-SEMARNAT-2000, Management Specifications for Polychlorinated Biphenyls ("PCBs"). The NOM applies to all entities that possess PCB-contaminated equipment and/or waste, as well as those entities that provide services to manage them.

Senate Steps Up Focus on Environmental Issues

CEC Receives Revised Submission on Mexico’s Management of Discarded Analog TVs

The Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation ("CEC") has received a revised submission from several individuals and NGOs, asserting that Mexico is failing to effectively enforce federal environmental laws as it implements the "National Program for the Integral Management of Televisions Discarded Due to the Transition to Digital Televisions." Originally submitted August 24, 2015, Submission SEM-15-002 was rejected by CEC on September 22, 2015 after the Secretariat determined that the document did not meet the admissibility criteria set out in Article 14(1) of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation ("NAAEC"). The submitting parties were given 60 days to provide a revised submission. 

Chamber of Deputies Pushes for Integral Management of Discarded Analog TVs

Since the Commission for Environmental Cooperation ("CEC") received Submission SEM-15-002 on Mexico’s mismanagement of discarded analog TVs, several agreements have been published in the Chamber of Deputies that: