As expected, the health ministry closed the Zona Franca BES in El Coyol de Alajuela. There are some 40 firms and 2,500 workers in the location. The Tribunal Ambiental Administrativo reported two weeks ago that the nearby Río Siquiares was being polluted.
The problem is foam that is visible in the river.
The firm Productos de Espuma Prodex S. A. quickly came out with a press release noting that it manufactures polyethylene foam products but that the foam in the water was from soap.
The Ministerio de Salud probably will make another inspection today. The zonas francas or “free zones” are areas that receive special tax treatment and generally make items for export.