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Request for Reversal or Modification of the Imposed Sanctions According to the General Law of Ecological Equilibrium and Environmental Protection (LGEEPA)

  • Saulo Augusto Martínez Santoyo
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Green Criminology book series (PSGC)

Abstract

Contrary to a traditional approach to law enforcement, the General Law of Ecological Equilibrium and Environmental Protection (LeGEEPA) provides an alternative measure to comply with the administrative measures imposed by the environmental authority (Federal Environmental Protection Agency). The offender has access to a request to not pay or to pay less than the total of the fine originally imposed for the violation of the law, violations that have already caused environmental damage. This measure, in the opinion of the author, has two effects: (a) it creates a disincentive to fulfil environmental obligations, and (b) it opens a door to the corruption of public servants. Although revocation or modification of the fine does not constitute a crime in legal terms, it could be considered as a crime (in moral terms) since it opens the possibility for a modus operandi for environmental offenders to harm the environment because the cost to comply with the law and to request the revocation of the fine are less than the cost of investing in actions and equipment for the protection and conservation of the environment.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Saulo Augusto Martínez Santoyo
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  1. 1.Procuraduría Federal de Protección al AmbienteCiudad de MéxicoMéxico

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