In a joint statement, Ernest Zedillo, President of Mexico, and James Brumm, V.P. of North American Operations for the Mitsubishi Corporation, announced today at a press conference in Mexico City that their longstanding plans to build the world's largest salt plant at Laguna San Ignacio, in Baja California Sur, Mexico, are cancelled. Laguna San Ignacio is the last pristine breeding ground of the California Gray Whale and home to numerous other endangered plant and animal species. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and its nearly 2 million supporters worldwide feels proud and elated that we were able to protect this magical nature reserve forever. ``IFAW applauds Mitsubishi's turnaround from environmental outlaw to environmental champion,'' says Jared Blumenfeld, IFAW's Director of Habitat.