HOW TO TAKE ACTION:

Call the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to demand the deployment of enough resources and personnel to ensure that the people of Puerto Rico have access to safe drinkable water.

  1. CALL Region 2 at (877) 251-4575, ask to be transferred to Administrator Pete López’s office.
  2. Email Region 2 Administrator Pete López ([email protected]) with CC to Deputy Region 2 Administrator Catherine McCabe ([email protected])

SCRIPT:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am a concerned citizen calling to urgently ask the EPA to deploy more resources and personnel to Puerto Rico to test potable water sources, address Superfund sites, and ensure the safety of the people of Puerto Rico. A public health and environmental crisis looms as desperate people are drawing water from Superfund sites and raw sewage and other pollutants are contaminating water reservoirs. Will the EPA deploy more resources to ensure the safety of 3.4 million U.S. citizens?

Thank you for your time.”

EMAIL SCRIPT:

[Click here to generate the email]

“Dear Administrator Lopez,

My name is [NAME] and I am a concerned citizen writing to urgently ask the EPA to deploy more resources and personnel to Puerto Rico to test potable water sources, address Superfund sites, and ensure the safety of the people of Puerto Rico. A public health and environmental crisis looms as desperate people are drawing water from Superfund sites and raw sewage and other pollutants are contaminating water reservoirs.

Will the EPA deploy more resources to ensure the safety of 3.4 million U.S. citizens?

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

[CONCERNED CITIZEN’S NAME]”

BACKGROUND:

The Washington Post, CNN, and other media outlets have reported that citizens in the municipality of Dorado in northern Puerto Rico were drinking water from the Dorado Groundwater Contamination Superfund site. Superfund sites are locations contaminated by hazardous waste and designated by the EPA as candidates for cleanup because they pose a risk to human health and/or the environment. Puerto Rico has 18 Superfund sites throughout the main island and in Vieques. The severe shortage of safe and potable drinking water caused by Hurricane Maria is leading desperate citizens in Puerto Rico to turn to contaminated water sources. To make matters worse, due to the damage to services and infrastructure caused by the storm, raw sewage and other pollutants are contaminating water reservoirs, endangering long-term access to clean water for all Puerto Ricans.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Desperate Puerto Ricans line up for water — at a hazardous-waste site
Search for Superfund Sites Where You Live
Summary of the Clean Water Act 
Raw sewage contaminating waters in Puerto Rico after Maria
EPA Hurricane Maria Update for Sunday, October 15th

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