(SAN JUAN, P.R. – January 23, 2017) – The disgraced former EPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck showed her true colors yet again in an interview with El Nuevo Dia prioritizing composting and plastic bag elimination over the needs of Puerto Rico’s communities who have suffered living next to toxic landfills.
“Enck and interim Caribbean Division Director Carmen Guerrero live and operate by alternative facts,” stated Hiram J. Torres Montalvo, co-founder of Puerto Rico Limpio. “They talk about the importance of the Martin Peña channel’s ‘neighbors’ but did nothing for 8 years for residents like Adelaida Gonzalez and Yahaida Porratas who suffer living next to Toa Baja. We will continue to highlight their criminal negligence, especially for the U.S. Department of Justice.”
Puerto Ricans deserve better than Enck and Guerrero. We urge EPA Administrator nominee Scott Pruitt and the new leadership at the EPA and Governor Rosselló to bring about immediate closure to these landfills that are illegally operating and polluting Puerto Rico in violation of federal and state law.
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(SAN JUAN, P.R. – January 18, 2017) – Besieged Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck resigned today amidst a growing cloud of criminal suspicion in her handling of Puerto Rico’s toxic landfills.
“Judith Enck’s actions have have allowed over 20 toxic landfills to remain open and doing business in Puerto Rico,” stated Hiram J. Torres Montalvo, co-founder of Puerto Rico Limpio. “This is a violation of federal law, and is criminal.”
“Fortunately a breath of fresh air will soon lead the EPA. Puerto Ricans should be encouraged that EPA Administrator Nominee Scott Pruitt has committed to the ‘rule of law’ as the first among his three core philosophies as EPA administrator. For over a decade, our communities have seen an absence of law enforcement where toxic landfills have failed to close by the EPA’s inept management and policies that serve the policy priorities of rich donors from New York. Environmental degradation and inexcusable pollution on the Island has since taken place in over 20 low-income minority communities. Administrator Nominee Pruitt can demonstrate leadership – and a commitment to the environment – by immediately ordering the closure of these landfills,” continued Torres Montalvo.
Letter Demands Accountability for Outgoing EPA Officials; Urges EPA Administrator Nominee Scott Pruitt To Commit to Closing Puerto Rico’s Toxic Landfills
(SAN JUAN, P.R. – January 17, 2017) – Ahead of tomorrow’s Senate confirmation hearing for EPA Administrator Nominee Scott Pruitt, Puerto Rico Limpio has written a letter to Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and other committee members, asking for an investigation and accountability in the matter.
“Questions should be raised to the EPA Administrator Nominee on the steps that will take place under his leadership to close the Island’s toxic landfills and enforce the law. The EPA’s existing federal authority is clear to regulate cases of environmental waste and violations of the law. But from witnessing cases of lead poisoning crisis in Flint, Michigan to Puerto Rico’s toxic landfill crisis, there is plenty of evidence that the outgoing EPA leadership has not done its job,” wrote Hiram J. Torres Montalvo, co-founder of Puerto Rico Limpio.
Puerto Rico Limpio urged the Senate committee to follow through on the Congressional Task Force report recommending Congressional committees of jurisdiction to investigate the EPA’s lax oversight and determine additional steps to close Puerto Rico’s non-compliant landfills. The failed leadership by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, EPA Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck, and EPA Caribbean Division Director Carmen Guerrero has contributed to an environmental and public health crisis on the Island. These officials should be held accountable for prioritizing composting over the health, safety and humane living conditions in Puerto Rico.
“I would respectfully submit that the EPA Administrator Nominee should answer how he will implement responsible and effective management to close Puerto Rico’s toxic landfills. Each day that passes, Puerto Ricans continue to suffer the effects of officials whose priorities have been woefully misplaced over the last eight years,” the letter stated.
To read Puerto Rico Limpio’s letter to Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman John Barrasso, visit: http://puertoricolimpio.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/PRL-Letter-to-Senate-Environment-and-Public-Works-Committee-Chair-1.17…-5.pdf