Legislative sources reported Tuesday that the Municipalidad de Los Chiles has imposed a five-year moratorium on the expansion of pineapple operations..
The action took place at a meeting of the Concejo Municipal. Specifically the council members said that no more permits would be issued for five years while the implications for hydrology is studied.
Chemicals used in pineapple culture are showing up in the water supplies. Among other supporters of the moratorium are lawmakers from the Partidoo Frente Amplio. The party reported the municipal action.
Municipal staffers are supposed to work with experts to determine the impact of pineapple production. However, it is possible that the municipal action will be challenged in court.
Some cases on exposure to chemicals already are in court.