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The post-Hurricane Maria landscape in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, where Energy Answers, Inc., wants to build a trash incinerator
(Image courtesy of Myrna Conty)
Article December 15, 2017

How a Polluter Is Capitalizing on Disaster in Puerto Rico

As Puerto Rico and its residents reel in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Energy Answers, the company that has been trying unsuccessfully for a decade to construct a solid waste incinerator in Arecibo, has been hard at work capitalizing on the chaos of recovery to push its unpopular project through.

Document March 6, 2017

Comments on Arecibo Waste-to-Energy and Resource Recovery Project FEIS

Comments on “Arecibo Waste-to-Energy and Resource Recovery Project Final Environmental Impact Statement”

In Maryland and Puerto Rico, activists have taken to the streets in an effort to keep polluting trash incinerators at bay. Destiny Watford, above, organized a movement opposing the nation’s largest trash-burning incinerator slated for her neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland.
(Goldman Environmental Prize)
Article September 20, 2016

Justice for Maryland—but What About Puerto Rico?

In Maryland and Puerto Rico, activists have taken to the streets in an effort to keep polluting trash incinerators at bay.

Article March 18, 2016

Clausura de una Planta Excesiva en Puerto Rico

Energy Answers está intentando usar dinero federal para realizar un proyecto de energía sucia en la isla bajo el pretexto de sustentabilidad.

Document March 18, 2016

Arecibo, Puerto Rico: 60-Day Notice of Intent to Sue

Arecibo, Puerto Rico: 60-Day Notice of Intent to Sue – Endangered Species Act Violations Related to Proposed Rural Utilities Service Financial Assistance to Energy Answers Incinerator

Outside of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, the construction of a 2,100-ton-per-day municipal solid waste incinerator may begin despite a poor environmental impact evaluation.
(Sharkhats / CC BY-NC 2.0)
Press Release March 18, 2016

Grupos Comunitarios de Puerto Rico Desafían el Respaldo de la USDA para el Proyecto del Incinerador de Basura

El incinerador de basura propuesto para Arecibo pondría en riesgo a comunidades y a especies en peligro de extinción

Outside of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, the construction of a 2,100-ton-per-day municipal solid waste incinerator may begin despite a poor environmental impact evaluation.
(Sharkhats / CC BY-NC 2.0)
Press Release March 18, 2016

Puerto Rico Community Groups Challenge USDA’s Backing of Waste Incinerator Project

The proposed Arecibo waste incinerator would jeopardize communities and endangered species

La Cueva del Indio in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. An energy company is trying to fund the construction of a waste incinerator in Arecibo even though the project could harm human health and the environment.
(Alejandro Mallado Erbez/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Article March 18, 2016

Shutting Down a Wasteful Plan in Puerto Rico

An energy company is trying to fund the construction of a waste incinerator in Puerto Rico with federal dollars, even though the project could harm human health and the environment.

Outside of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, the construction of a 2,100-ton-per-day municipal solid waste incinerator may begin despite a poor environmental impact evaluation.
(Sharkhats / CC BY-NC 2.0)
case November 12, 2015

Challenging USDA’s Backing of Waste Incinerator Project in Puerto Rico

A polluting waste incinerator project will not only put communities in danger, but will also put iconic endangered species in harm’s way, including the Puerto Rican Crested Toad, Puerto Rican Boa, manatees, and the Puerto Rican Parrot. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service has been considering the proposal to fund a waste…

Document November 12, 2015

Arecibo Incinerator comments

Earthjustice, a national nonprofit environmental law firm, and the Vermont Law School Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic are representing Amigos Del Río Guaynabo, Inc., Ciudadanos En Defensa Del Ambiente, Comité Basura Cero Arecibo, Madres De Negro de Arecibo, and Sierra Club de Puerto Rico and the communities they represent in fighting the Arecibo waste incinerator project. Earthjustice and the Vermont Law School Clinic submitted comments on behalf of the groups today.

Protesters gather to march against the incinerator in Arecibo.
(Claudio Alvarez / El Comunicador de Puerto Rico)
Press Release November 12, 2015

Puerto Rico Community Overburdened by Pollution Pushes Back on Incinerator Project

Proposed Arecibo Waste Incinerator would further harm community encircled by pollution, if given federal funding

Gente de la comunidad marcha contra la incineradora en Arecibo. (Claudio Alvarez / El Comunicador de Puerto Rico)
Press Release November 12, 2015

Comunidad de Puerto Rico Sobrecargada por la Contaminación Resiste Contra un Proyecto de Incinerador

El incinerador de basura propuesto para Arecibo causaría mayores daños a una comunidad ya rodeada por la contaminación si recibe fondos federales

Article October 6, 2015

Una Lucha que Vale la Pena: Incineración de Residuos en Puerto Rico

Esta es una publicación de blog de la invitada especial Ingrid Vila, fundadora de Cambio y antigua Secretaria de Gobernación de Puerto Rico. Además de los riesgos fiscales y económicos, el pueblo de Puerto Rico debe enfrentarse a otra amenaza: la propuesta de construcción de un incinerador municipal de residuos sólidos (o MSW, por sus…

Outside of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, the construction of a 2,100-ton-per-day municipal solid waste incinerator may begin despite a poor environmental impact evaluation.
(Sharkhats / CC BY-NC 2.0)
Article October 6, 2015

A Fight Worth Fighting: Waste Incineration in Puerto Rico

The proposed construction of a 2,100-ton-per-day municipal solid waste incinerator on the north coast of Puerto Rico is involving communities in a fight to demonstrate that waste incineration is a bad idea for the island.