Posted: Monday, December 13, 2021. 4:31 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Reliable sources have informed that the National Environmental Appraisal Committee (NEAC) met today.
Its purpose was to consider and decide on approval of the addendum to the Environmental Compliance Plan (ECP) for the Port of Belize/Waterloo/Port Loyola project.
We are made to understand that the addendum, concerning how material would removed and dumped at sites near and along the coast, was voted down, however we are seeking additional confirmation.
The project has drawn significant objection from environmentalists citing serious potential damage from dumped material offshore.
This afternoon we sought comment from various leading lights of the environmental and non-governmental organization (NGO) community concerning the meeting but it appears none had been made aware of it.
Senator Osmany Salas, representative of the NGO community, explained to us that the previous representative for the NGOs on the NEAC had resigned and the name of a replacement submitted, however, that person was not formally invited to the NEAC meeting. A person from one of the NGOs made an appearance but withdrew after it was determined they were not the legal representative.
As to the community’s position, the Senator said generally that it would be “madness” if three cruise ports – Stake Bank, Port of Belize and Port of Magical Belize – were all allowed to operate, but would not comment on any of them specifically.
We continue to follow this developing story.
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