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Environmental Group: New EPA Landfill Regulations to Be Ignored

By on July 19, 2016

CANTERBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 23:  Domestic waste piles up at the Shelford Landfill, Recycling & Composting Centre on August 23, 2007 near Canterbury, England. The Shelford landfill site, run by Viridor Waste Management, receives 200 truck loads of waste weighing 2100 metric tonnes a day.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

(Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

SAN JUAN – The Environmental Protection Agency issued a new set of landfill regulations to  reduce methane gas emissions that the Puerto Rico Limpio environment group believes will be ignored. The changes are part of President Obama’s climate change policies.

The group said that in the past two decades the EPA has not enforced the minimum norms for the island’s landfills.

“The majority of landfills in Puerto Rico have never abided by the old gas emission norms, so why would we think they will bother to put into effect the new ones?” questioned Hiram Torres Montalvo, cofounder of Puerto Rico Limpio.

He pointed out that the majority of the island’s 27 municipal landfills have not had basic methane gas monitoring equipment installed, and said the EPA has not taken action on the matter.

“The EPA issued…declarations, regulations, orders and conclusions about landfills but, in Puerto Rico, that stays on a piece of paper. When we fail to follow basic federal laws, an unstable environment is created that becomes ever more dangerous to public health and the environment with each passing day,” the environmental activist added.

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