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A child joins a protest against a pig farm in Homún. Photo: Indignación

Mérida, Yucatán — A district court judge has declared that complaints about a large pig farm in Homún are unfounded.

Judge Rogelio Leal Medina replied to an amparo filed November of 2017.

Waste from the farm, which is under construction, would endanger cenotes and hurt the tourist industry that they make possible, say members of Ka’anan Ts’onot, a Mayan phrase that translates Guardians of the Cenotes. The group was formed in opposition to the farm.

“Tourism with pigs is not compatible,” said José May Echeverría, a member of the organization.

The corporate-owned farm would house between 23,000 and 50,000 pigs, depending on which reports can be believed.

But the resolution on amparo number 1389/2017-IV-A promoted by Gabriel José Cabrera Pech against the Secretariat of Urban Development and Environment (Seduma) and other authorities introduces unfounded concepts on the claim on environmental impact, said the judge.

A wastewater treatment plan is required before the farm can begin operation.

When Seduma approved an environmental impact statement for the farm, it complied with all the requirements provided by the Environmental Protection Law of the state of Yucatán.  The plans do not threaten the environment, public health or water, the judge added.

“The worrying thing is the half-truths or half-lies that are being spread,” said Seduma chief Eduardo Batllori.

Batllorí said the scope of the pig farm has been exaggerated in the media, and that experts who have signed off on the environmental impact statement have been unjustly maligned.

Another protest against the project is planned Saturday at the Monumento a la Patria in Mérida.

Source: Sipse

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