EPA ADMINISTRATOR NOMINEE PRUITT PLEDGES TO CLEAN UP LAND CONTAMINATION

Puerto Rico Limpio Praises Senator Gillibrand

(SAN JUAN, P.R. – January 26, 2017) – Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Nominee Scott Pruitt should be commended for his responses to Senate Committee members with his pledge to address contamination around Puerto Rico’s toxic landfills.

In response to a question by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) about Puerto Rico’s non-compliant landfills, Pruitt stated [Page 98], “…If confirmed, I expect to make cleanup of contaminated land one of my priorities. I also believe in the importance of hearing the views of all stakeholders and would welcome the opportunity to discuss this further.”

“Administrator Nominee Pruitt’s comments are a promising departure from the Obama EPA that turned a blind-eye to the illegal landfills operating in Puerto Rico,” said Hiram J. Torres Montalvo, co-founder of Puerto Rico Limpio. “We thank Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for raising our concerns in the U.S. Congress. We encourage the federal authorities and the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate past Regional Administrator Judith Enck and Interim Caribbean Division Director Carmen Guerrero for their role in failing to enforce federal law, and uphold their sworn oath to protect disadvantaged communities in Puerto Rico.”

To read EPA Administrator Nominee Scott Pruitt’s response about Puerto Rico’s non-compliant landfills to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, visit [Page 98]: http://puertoricolimpio.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/EPA-Administrator-designate-Scott-Pruitt-responses.pdf 

To read Puerto Rico Limpio’s letter to Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Member Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, visit: http://puertoricolimpio.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/PRL-Letter-Sen.-Gillibrand.pdf