Environmental enforcement agency gets a big budget increase

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Tribunal Ambiental Administrativo will get 14 new employees in 2013 because the budget has been tripled

The Tribunal is the environmental police known for its sweeps on coastal areas and for brining legal cases against developers and also for cracking down on pineapple growers.

The head of the Tribunal, José Lino Chaves, said that 12 of the positions are new and two vacant and frozen positions are being freed up because of the increased budget.
Lino Chaves has just been named the oceans environmental czar, so he will be moving to a different section of the Ministerio de Ambient y Energía.

The Tribunal’s budget for 2013 will be 2 billion colons, about $4 million, up from 769 million, about $1.3 million.

Lino Chaves said that high on the list is the hiring of more lawyers because of the high number of pending cases.

The Tribunal says that there are about 1,700 separate files that must be handled by the current staff of 20.

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