Decree Providing for Administrative Processes to Obtain Renewals of Expired National Water Concession Certificates or Certificates not Requested in Time

March 14, 2008
Decree Providing for Administrative Processes to Obtain Renewals of Expired National Water Concession Certificates or Certificates not Requested in Time

On February 27 th a Decree providing administrative processes to National Water concession holders was published in the Official Journal ofthe Federation suspending the federal land, reserves and regulated zones for concession holders of national water rights that expiredbetween January 1, 2004 and December 31, 2008, or which are currently in force but have not yet applied for a renewal of the concessionaccording to the terms of article 24 of the National Waters Law (Ley de Aguas Nacionales) (at least six months before expiration of theconcession). The purpose of this decree is to allow concession holders the right to renew their concessions. It is important to note that theNational Water Commission (Comisión Nacional del Agua or CNA) may establish restrictions or limitations on any new concession andmay not renew concessions of those concession holders who are currently in the process of having their concessions revoked, suspended orterminated. The CNA will issue general rules for the implementation of the Decree.

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