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Mexico probes officials who authorized Chinese product mart

February 10, 2015

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican prosecutors are calling for an investigation of environmental authorities who approved a huge trade center intended to showcase Chinese products near the resort city of Cancun.

The federal prosecutor’s office for environmental protection asked the Environment Department to investigate past and present officials for “improperly exempting” the project from environmental impact requirements.

The office said Tuesday that the Environment Department’s own officials had violated appropriate procedure in granting permits and was seeking to have them nullified.

The huge exhibition and housing complex is known as Dragon Mart Cancun. In January, authorities declared the project “totally shuttered” over failure to comply with corrective measures and the removal of vegetation related to construction.

Prosecutors said the site just south of Cancun is in a forested, coastal ecosystem and a bird refuge.

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