Chile steps up environmental supervision

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Chile has created a national environmental monitoring network (Renfa) tasked with increasing oversight by harmonizing the work of the country's regulatory bodies.

The move will boost the number of environmental inspectors to 600 from the 100 environmental watchdog agency (SMA) currently has.

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The new network will include 16 environmental agencies and help standardize inspection procedures.

"We think a network like this will multiply efforts and available resources under a common objective: to protect the environment," environment minister Pablo Badenier said in a statement.

Last month, Badenier called for a reform of the environmental impact assessment system (SEIA) to speed up the approval process, which currently can take years.