Monsanto Sued in Puerto Rico for Alleged ‘Intentional and Negligent’ Harm to an Ex-employee’s Health

After suffering a severe allergy and respiratory problems while working in Puerto Rico with experimental agrochemicals for the multinational seed producer Monsanto, agronomist Iris Pellot sued the company for allegedly causing her “intentional and negligent” harm, as well as violating her constitutional rights. The first day in court was on Friday, Jan. 24. Sitting on one of the benches in room 601 at the Aguadilla Superior Court, Pellot hugged two of her children while she cried. She was telling them she was nervous because of the hearing that was about to start before Judge Miguel Trabal-Cuevas.

El Negociado de Energía declara ilegales los contratos de alquiler de paneles solares residenciales de la empresa Sunnova

Tenían razón los 436 consumidores que se habían querellado ante el Negociado de Energía de Puerto Rico (NEPR) en contra de Sunnova Energy Corporation, una empresa de alquiler de paneles solares residenciales. El NEPR reconoció en un informe el entramado de problemas que enfrentan los querellantes: los equipos no rindieron el servicio ni los ahorros prometidos a los consumidores. Estos habían puesto su firma en una tablet para supuestamente hacer una verificación de crédito, pero la empresa usaba la firma para estamparla en un contrato que no les había enseñado. Los clientes se enteraban luego de que, para impugnar las facturas o buscar cualquier remedio, tenían que ir a un proceso de arbitraje (fuera de los tribunales y del NEPR), y pagar gastos de abogados. Así, terminaban amarrados por 25 años a un acuerdo de compra de energía que no habían visto antes de firmarlo y del que no había escapatoria.

Public power versus privatized power: the debate in Puerto Rico before and after Hurricane Maria

From the inside of a cargo container like the ones used to transport food overseas, the town of Sterling, Massachusetts implements the energy system of the future. The general manager of this power services company, Sean Hamilton, walks with his head protected by a white hard hat on his way to the container. He opens the door and proudly shows off some 40 battery towers. They are capable of energizing the town’s emergency management center for 12 hours uninterruptedly, in the case that an extreme weather event destroys the power grid. Between 2017 and 2018 the American Public Power Association granted the utility a distinction for keeping the highest financial, operational and safety standards, and for contributing to the prestige of public companies through his achievements and customer service.