As expected, environmental activists have taken the first steps to challenge a permission given to APM Terminals to begin work at Moín.
The action was by Alvaro Sagot and Mauricio Álvarez of the Federación Costarricense para la Conservación del Ambiente.
The $1 billion terminal project received approval from the Secretaría Técnica Nacional Ambiental just two days before the government closed for Christmas.
The two men base their appeal on the way in which the approval was granted and that the leadership of the environmental agency disregarded what its technical staff said.
Basically the appeal for an administrative rehearing puts in place the groundwork for further court challenges.
The Dutch firm that is to build the container handling terminal as a concession is ready to start work. The appeal by the Federación Costarricense para la Conservación del Ambiente might delay that.
The environmental organization has a long history of opposing public projects, including open-pit gold mines, hydroelectric dams and oil drilling.