Chile is cracking down on water polluters


Chilean authorities have moved to apply what they call here the mano dura, or firm hand, to companies that fail to comply with industrial liquid-waste regulations. In November, Chilean authorities for the first time ever revoked the environmental permit of a salmon farming operation for lack of an adequate liquid-waste treatment plant. The move also marked the first time a company of any kind in Chile’s Tenth Region had had its environmental permit revoked. The Sanitary Services Superintendency (Siss), which oversees Chilean liquid-waste regulations, has launched 255 enforcement actions against businesses that it says have failed to inventory their liquid-waste emissions and to draft plans for dealing with those discharges. Some 46 companies already have been fined between US$3,500 and... [Log in to read more]

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