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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The ministries of Environment and Energy (Minae) and the Health ministry established a national moratorium on any activity that mediates the thermal transformation of solid waste, such as waste incineration.

    It is outlined in the Executive Decree 38500-S Minae which ensures that the moratorium will remain until there is scientific certainty of its consequences by the competent national authorities.

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    “Under the protection of public health and the duty to guarantee the right to a healthy and ecologically balanced environment and in accordance with the precautionary principle laid down in the Law on Waste Management; the Ministry of Environment established together with the Ministry of Health a National Moratorium on activities of thermal transformation of ordinary solid waste,” announced Minae on its official Facebook page.

    Recently, the City of San Ramon rejected a bill that sought to install a garbage incinerator in the county. It was intended that the solid waste from several cantons like Alajuela, Naranjo and Palmares was cremated on that site.

    According to the contract which aspired to put the town together with WRA Environmental Energy Company, the daily limit for burning garbage was around one thousand tons. However, residents feared that amount is too great, to the detriment of the welfare of the town.

    “It was a contract for 25 years, renewable for another 10 years. We would have a lot of pollution for the environment. Also, the amount of garbage trucks that had entered the canton would be quite large. They would collapse the streets more than they are”, said Milagro Arguedas, a representative of Western Forum of San Ramon.

    The Environment Minister Edgar Gutierrez Espelette had shown suspicion that this initiative was intended to be installed in the west of the Central Valley.

    The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

    San Jose, Costa Rica

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