Group calls on Carmen Guerrero to take a public stance against toxic landfills, release all files on landfills and Zika prevention efforts
(SAN JUAN – October 3, 2016) Today, Puerto Rico Limpio criticized recent landfill closure announcements by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as cynical and misleading, and demanded Carmen Guerrero, the director of the EPA’s Caribbean Environmental Protection Division release all EPA files on Puerto Rico’s landfills.
“The recent closure announcements by the EPA in Cayey and Arroyo were cynical and misleading attempt by the Agency to cover its decades of negligence, allowing toxic landfills to remain open and threaten the public,” said Hiram J. Torres Montalvo, co-founder of Puerto Rico Limpio. “It’s time for the deception and dereliction of duty to end. Carmen Guerrero has been silent on the need to close the toxic landfills that proliferate across Puerto Rico. From Toa Alta to Lajas, most of Puerto Rico’s landfills are operating outside federal law and without controls to prevent the Zika virus. It’s past time for the EPA to shut them down. The EPA is failing the citizens of Puerto Rico.”
Torres Montalvo wrote a letter to Guerrero and asked her to release all files (administrative orders, judicial orders, and EPA inspection reports) that are related to landfills in Puerto Rico, and all communications with municipal landfills on efforts to stop the spread of the Zika virus.
Recently, Puerto Rico Limpio released a report, “The Poisoning of Puerto Rico,” which disclosed internal EPA documents proving that the Agency has known for over a decade that the majority of Puerto Rico’s municipal landfills are operating in violation of nearly all federal rules and pose an “imminent threat to human health and the environment,” something the EPA knew for over a decade and didn’t address. Torres Montalvo noted to Guerrero that these documents could only be obtained through filing details requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
To read Puerto Rico Limpio’s letter to Carmen Guerrero of the EPA (in Spanish), visit: http://puertoricolimpio.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/PR-Limpio-Carta-a-C-Guerrero-limpio.pdf