Tras meses de investigaciones in situ, con reuniones comunitarias y la publicación de documentos de la U.S. Environmental Protection Agency a través de la Ley de Libertad de Información (FOIA), Puerto Rico Limpio puede demonstrate de manera fehaciente que la crisis de los vertederos es el producto de la mala administración por parte de la Junta de Calidad Ambiental (JCA), y de la negligencia en el cumplimiento del deber por parte de la EPA.
After months of research on the ground, with community meetings and the publication of documents of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
through the law of freedom of information act (Foia), Puerto Rico Clean
can prove beyond a doubt that the crisis of the landfills Is the
product of poor administration on the part of the board of environmental
quality (Jca), and of the dereliction of duty on the part of the EPA.
JULY 21, 2016
In an opinion column for the Huffington Post, former U.S. Congresswoman Eva Clayton (D-NC), who chaired the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, called on environmental advocates to hold the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accountable for its failures to address “environmental injustice and environmental racism”.
She cited Puerto Rico Limpio and its fight to close toxic municipal landfills as an example of the kind of battle the environmental movement needs to support:
An excerpt from “Environmental Justice Means We Stand With Vulnerable Communities”, by former Congresswoman Eva M. Clayton
“… A small activist group in Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Limpio, has been leading the charge on what many have called the next Flint. For more than a year, the organization has been protesting about municipal landfills in the territory, with local residents complaining that toxic materials were poisoning the water and ground in their neighborhoods for decades and the authorities have yet to do anything about it. Their protest reminds me of similar local activism in my own community in Warren County, when I was a state appointed official.
Local residents from poor and underserved communities who face terrible threats from big utilities and lax regulators should not have to come begging for our help. We, those who care for the poor, the environment, and injustice, should be shoulder to shoulder with these communities from the beginning, embracing their agenda as our own and fighting the injustice of unequal protection from our government.
(…) It’s certainly time for federal regulators at the Environmental Protection Agency to intervene in Puerto Rico. We cannot afford the lack of accountability to pave the way for the next environmental injustice issue.”
Read the full article here.