Energy Secretary Hopes $450 Million for Solar Will Rebuild Trust in Puerto Rico Power Grid

On Monday, U.S. Energy Sec. Jennifer Granholm announced a $453.3 million commitment to finance rooftop solar panels and battery systems for Puerto Rico’s most vulnerable communities.

  • Aug 3, 2023
  • 3:47 PM

Record Heat Wave Grips Puerto Rico

Stepping outside in Puerto Rico’s capital city feels like walking inside a giant oven due to an “unprecedented” and record-breaking heat wave, which has already caused power and water outages as well as health concerns.

  • Jun 8, 2023
  • 3:54 PM

Reforesting Mangrove Trees Could Prove Key to Storm Defense in Puerto Rico

During the last few decades, illegal construction projects have encroached on Puerto Rico’s beautiful beaches, leading to the destruction of mangrove forests that protect the coastline from storms and rising sea levels.

  • Mar 20, 2023
  • 4:55 PM

Puerto Rico Activists Sue to Stop Construction; Govt Agency Orders Land Restoration

On Wednesday, Puerto Rico’s Department of Natural and Environmental Resources ordered a developer that built illegally built on top of Cueva Las Golondrinas in Aguadilla must restore the area impacted by the construction.

  • Mar 2, 2023
  • 4:37 PM

Eco-Anxiety Motivates Puerto Rico Activists to Defend Environment

With miles of beaches and lush rainforest, Puerto Rico is often touted as a paradise for vacationers. But for the people who live there, rampant development and the worsening effects of climate change have bred a sense of ecological anxiety that drives many to fight for the environment.

  • Feb 27, 2023
  • 1:39 PM

EPA to Test Air, Groundwater in Puerto Rico for First Time

The announcement, made on Friday, is part of the Biden administration’s effort to directly address the disproportionate impacts of pollution that have existed for decades in many low-income communities and communities of color.

  • Nov 7, 2022
  • 12:05 PM

Earthjustice: AES-Puerto Rico Seeking Bailout for Polluting Coal Plant

On Monday, nonprofit public-interest environmental group Earthjustice released a statement condemning energy company AES-Puerto Rico for seeking to transfer ownership of its notorious coal plant in Guayama to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA).

  • Jan 31, 2022
  • 5:36 PM

In Puerto Rico, Privatization Jeopardizes Already Weak Ferry System in Vieques and Culebra

Following years of disrepair and unreliable service, Puerto Rico’s Public-Private Partnerships Authority chose U.S.-based company HMS Ferries to assume control of the local maritime transportation company. Residents are now demanding the cancelation of the 23-year contract, citing numerous issues.

  • Jan 26, 2022
  • 4:29 PM

Report: Military Cleanup in Puerto Rico Islands Slow-Going

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The reopening of hiking trails and various white-sand beaches on two tiny Puerto Rican islands long used as Navy bombing ranges and now popular with tourists will be delayed more than a decade, according to a federal report released Friday.

  • Mar 26, 2021
  • 4:06 PM

New Evidence on Ash Toxicity in Puerto Rico Strengthens Call for Rally Against AES

A federal environmental agency refuses to hold public hearings in Puerto Rico on dangerous amendments to the regulations on coal waste management.

  • Aug 21, 2019
  • 8:33 AM

Public Power Versus Privatized Power: The Debate in Puerto Rico Before and After Hurricane María

The World Bank says that there is practically no difference in services both sectors offer.

  • Jan 24, 2019
  • 4:54 PM

EPA Adopts New Rules Tailored for AES Coal Plant Puerto Rico

One reform will have the effect of hiding critical information from nearby communities, as well as allowing those who produce this waste to not have to respond for the pollution caused.

  • Aug 7, 2018
  • 10:38 AM

Privatization Fever With Renewable Energy Fails in Puerto Rico

The Island remains stuck in meeting its goals for generating power with sun and wind, while the high cost of electricity offered by renewable-energy companies clashes with plans to reduce electric bills.

  • Mar 21, 2018
  • 7:48 AM

Government Agencies Not Taking Action Against Dangers of Electric Generators in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has been smelling and breathing diesel ever since Hurricane María hit.

  • Nov 13, 2017
  • 3:21 PM

Sen. Blumenthal to EPA: Act Now on Coal Ash Contamination in Puerto Rico

“I urge the EPA to investigate the impacts of the potential mismanagement of depositing ‘Agremax’ in Puerto Rican landfills.”

  • Aug 25, 2017
  • 1:13 PM

Environmental Disaster Waiting to Explode in Puerto Rico

On the island of Puerto Rico, 20 out of the 27 landfills are considered illegal dumps violating required federal regulations.

  • Aug 8, 2016
  • 12:43 PM

Puerto Ricans Set Up Encampments to Protest Environmental Destruction

Fed up with the slow government response, Puerto Ricans in beach towns along the western coast have set up encampments to demand action be taken to stop illegal construction from further destroying the environment.

  • Jan 6, 2023
  • 5:29 PM

Construction Permit Approvals for Coastal Projects Fast-Tracked During Pierluisi’s First Year

Far from slowing the pace of construction on Puerto Rico’s coasts to address climate change, as experts have requested, Gov. Pedro Pierluisi’s administration hit the accelerator to approve construction permits along the coasts.

  • Jan 28, 2022
  • 11:39 AM

OPINION: To Fulfill the Promise of Environmental Justice, President Biden Must Address Vieques

This is a textbook example of environmental racism.

  • Jun 8, 2021
  • 4:00 PM

First Latino President in Sierra Club’s History Calls on Young People to Get Engaged

Originally from Puerto Rico, Mr. Ramón Cruz has a long history of involvement within the environmental movement.

  • Jul 14, 2020
  • 12:04 PM

10 Killed in Ciudad Juárez After Prison Raid Plan Foiled

Authorities did not provide details of the murders.

  • Nov 8, 2019
  • 12:23 PM

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