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Nicoya's Municipality Demands Pedregal for Tax Payment, the Company Denies any Debt

• Company claims it has no pending financial obligations with the Municipality, nor is it responsible for polluting.
• MINAET received complaint of environmental pollution.

By Wilberth Villalobos Castrillo

Nicoya's Municipality is looking to collect over 261 million colones, which it claims the company Pedregal owes for the exploitation of material from the quarry, La Calera. In addition, it filed a complaint to MINAET for environmental pollution.

Pedregal's production plant is located near the city's entrance, where it has had operations since 1991. 

The Mining Code Law 6797, Article 38, states that concessionaires must pay municipalities 30% of the total amount paid in sales taxes, which results from selling cubic meters of sand, gravel, ballast and other materials.
 

As Mayor Marcos Jiménez explained, “we want the company to pay the Municipality 261 million colones plus the interest it has earned over the past years. We've also asked MINAET's Department of Mines and Geology (Dirección de Geología y Minas) not to grant any concessions for the quarry's exploitation as it is generating environmental pollution,” he added.

Mario Gómez, geologist and Area Coordinator for Guanacaste, confirmed that the Department of Mines and Geology received a complaint from the Municipality for air pollution (specifically, for suspension of airborne particles) and noise pollution resulting from periodic explosions caused by Pedregal's activities in the area. 

Although he confirmed the presence of these contaminants, he explained that the company is applying control mechanisms in order to reduce them. In addition, he affirmed that they are abiding to the Department of Mines and Geology regulations.

On the other hand, Carlos Rojas, Pedregal's Administrative and Financial Manager, explained that in 1994 they requested a concession, purchasing an additional one that was already operating in the area in 1995.

In regards to the debt payment required by the Municipality, Rojas affirmed, “Pedregal Corporation has no activities in Nicoya and therefore has no obligations with Nicoya's Municipality, much less debt. Companies operating in different parts of Guanacaste do not have any debt either, they are all up to date with their obligations under current laws."

“We are looking for a way to straighten out various issues and establish common criteria with authorities at Nicoya's Municipality,” he added.

When asked about the dust clouds and loud rumbles caused by the quarry's explosions, which are perceived by residents of the Los Angeles and San Martin neighborhoods, Rojas explained, "these are caused by road conditions in these communities, which are mostly gravel and dirt roads. As long as these conditions persist, they will keep getting dust in their homes."

Faced with the possible loss of some of Pedregal's concessions in the area, Rojas seemed confident as he declared, “we are convinced that we are acting properly and therefore, we do not foresee any trouble.”

 

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