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March 6, 2024

The Administrative Sanctions and Penalties That the Law Stipulates for Causing Environmental Harm

Asuntos Legales

Environment attorney Margarita Solorza was interviewed by Asuntos Legales about the environmental sanctions system in Colombia. The discovery of black water in the Teusacá River as a result of a broken pipe on the property of a public services company has drawn attention to this area of law. Ms. Solorza explained that, under Law 133 of 2009, environmental authorities can impose administrative sanctions or penalties for harms caused by organizations' conduct. She also highlighted that there is a mathematical formula to calculate fines, depending on multiple variables, as well as that the sanction most often applied by authorities is an economic one.

"The environmental authorities can impose, simultaneously with the sanction, compensatory measures, which seek to restore the damage caused by the violation," she said. "In addition, the environmental authority should notify the Single Registry of Environmental Offenders, RUIA, the imposition of the sanction, a registry that is public and can be seen by any person, which can come with a reputational impact on the offender."

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