"US EPA Chief Views Pollution In Puerto Rico, Vows To Fight For Change"

"GUAYAMA, Puerto Rico - The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pledged to combat environmental injustice in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico during a tour of some of the Caribbean island’s most polluted sites this week.

President Joe Biden has often cited protecting poor and minority communities from industrial pollution as a top priority and has pledged that 40% of federal clean energy investments will be channeled to the cause.

"We are hearing about environmental injustices that have been happening for decades that we need to resolve urgently," EPA Administrator Michael Regan told Reuters during his trip. "And now we have the resources and the will to begin to address some of these concerns," he said."

Valerie Volcovici reports for Reuters July 28, 2022.

Source: Reuters, 07/29/2022