Damage by coal ash to the southern aquifer cannot be undone

The most recent groundwater analysis shows that in little over a year, the chemicals detected in the aquifer under the mountain of coal ash at AES plant in Guayama — such as selenium, lithium and molybdenum — exceeded the maximum allowed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by four to 14 times. The consumption of these three elements has been associated with skin inflammation, acute pain, vomiting, weakness, liver dysfunction and death from poisoning, according to the U.S. Department of Health’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. During the same period the concentration of heavy metals such as arsenic, multiplied by five   almost reaching the level of toxicity established by the EPA, while others, such as lead and cadmium, also showed significant increases. Considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the 10 most alarming chemical threats to public health, arsenic in water has carcinogenic effects, according to the WHO International Center for Cancer Research. Even in low doses, it can cause irritation to the stomach, lungs and intestines, and in the long term, growth problems, neurotoxicity, diabetes and pulmonary and cardiovascular diseases.

Puertorriqueños en Chicago: se repiten las historias de lucha y sobrevivencia

Los obstáculos que enfrentan los puertorriqueños que llegan a Chicago no son nuevas para la comunidad de la diáspora, que por más de 50 años han enfrentado disparidades en la Ciudad de los Vientos. A un año y medio después de los huracanes, los puertorriqueños residentes en Chicago y las instituciones comunitarias todavía están ayudando a los últimos que llegaron para que rehagan sus vidas y contribuyan – a corto o largo plazo – al futuro de la ciudad.

Puerto Ricans in Chicago: the stories of struggle and survival go on

The 10 empty liquor bottles are the color of seaweed and mud. Once they were litter on the streets of the East Garfield Park neighborhood in Chicago. But now, clean and sparkling, the bottles are on display some 2,000 miles away at the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, part of a work by artist Edra Soto. Seashells made from plaster surround the bases of the bottles, referencing the sandy ocean shores of Puerto Rico, where she grew up. As if forming an altar, this eclectic combination of objects marks the artist’s passage from the island to the Windy City, and her continuing connection to both places.

Código X37 demuestra que el gobierno excluyó de su lista oficial muertes certificadas como relacionadas al huracán María

Las muertes identificadas con el código X37 representan solo una parte del total de muertes que pudieran estar relacionadas al huracán, ya que hubo muchas que no se certificaron con ese código, aunque sí estuvieron relacionadas. Y también hay casos, como los muertos por leptospirosis, que el gobierno ha admitido que estuvieron relacionados al huracán, aunque muchos no han sido añadidos a la lista de 64.

Cantera or the Neglect of Public Policy to Tackle Poverty

The quintessential image that portrays the history of the Cantera community in San Juan dates back to 1989, when residents met in a house garage to assign each other tasks and assume their own reconstruction in the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo. It sparked a community organization process, which in turn led to the establishment of a public corporation to meet the needs of the impoverished sector and work with its residents to improve their living conditions. Three decades later, Cantera is in agony and after enduring hurricane María, it now faces the shutdown of the Company for the Integral Development of the Cantera Peninsula, as proposed by the Fiscal Plan certified in April by Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Control Board (FCB). The measure, although approved by the FCB, is not an idea of the entity imposed by the federal government. It shows up in internal documents of the Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Nevares administration, which in October 2017 — a month after María — contemplated closing down the public corporation.

Companies with Shady Background Interested in Contract Bid to Transfer Puerto Rico’s Inmates to the US

Last Tuesday, 13 men and three women met in a room at the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (DCR, for its initials in Spanish.)  They were waiting for the Auction Board’s orientation regarding its Request for Proposals for the relocation of 3,200 Puerto Rico prisoners to U.S. private jails. An experiment that was done before and failed. Seated on the first row was Brian Ferrell, VP of Proposals Development for CoreCivic, one of the leading administrators of private prisons in the United States. Next to him was Attorney Lizzie Portela-Fernández, of McConnell Valdés, a legal firm that lobbies in favor of CoreCivic in the Puerto Rico House of Representatives. Also, in the first row, but on the opposite side, were Dan Joslin and Mike Murphy, executives of Management Training Corporation.