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This photo depicts coal ash fugitive dust from the AES coal-fired power plant used as fill material in a residential construction project over the South Coast Aquifer, the only source of potable water for the residents of Salinas, Puerto Rico.

Clean Air Ambassador | Salinas, Puerto Rico

Ruth Santiago

Comité Dialogo Ambiental, Inc. is a community group composed of volunteer residents primarily from Salinas and Guayama, in southeastern Puerto Rico. Dialogo was organized as a nonprofit corporation under the laws of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in 1997.

The purposes of the organization are to promote the general welfare of the communities it serves through education and capacity building of residents concerning the adverse impacts of human activities on the ecologic balance of natural systems and the importance of restoring the environment and promoting conditions under which human beings and the environment can exist in harmony to fulfill economic, social and other needs of present and future generations.

We have been involved in the establishment of broad alliances with commercial, tourism and agricultural sectors to prevent water pollution from landfills, power plant emissions and discharges, coal combustion residuals and other sources of contamination and have worked closely with technical personnel such as hydrologists, biologists, and ecologists, among others.

In addition to litigation in courts and administrative agencies, we have organized and promoted environmental education projects, advised community groups and the Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve on watershed protection and land use issues.

We have been involved in the establishment of broad alliances with commercial, tourism and agricultural sectors to prevent water pollution from landfills, power plant emissions and discharges, coal combustion residuals and other sources of contamination.

50 States United For Healthy Air

Clean air should be a fundamental right. Air pollution causes asthma attacks, lung disease, and even death. But our bodies don't have to be the dumping ground for dirty industries.

The technology to dramatically reduce harmful air pollution is available today, and major polluters should be required to use it.

Clean Air Ambassadors from every state are sending a powerful message: Everyone has a right to breathe clean, healthy air.

It’s time Congress and the EPA used their ears to help our lungs.