No Coal Ash in Puerto Rico!


Background information


Petición en Español

I hereby add my name to the coalition of concerned citizens and organizations who are mobilizing for an immediate cessation of the dumping of toxic Coal Ashes anywhere in or around Puerto Rico. I will not allow our people and our land to be taken advantage of, nor sold out by special interest groups and their supporters in the legislatures of Puerto Rico and Congress who are willing to pollute Puerto Rico for short term financial gain. I insist that our children have the opportunity to grow and live in a healthy Puerto Rico free of toxic Coal Ash.

In order to protect Puerto Rico for future generations, we the people of the Disapora, allies in the United States and abroad, stand committed in solidarity with Puerto Rico to organizing until we achieve the following from AES:

Immediate end to dumping, disposing, or use of toxic Coal Ash or coal combustion residuals in or around Puerto Rico, by AES, or any corporation or government entity. Send any and all ashes back to their original source and disposed of properly outside of Puerto Rico. AES cleans up all their toxic Coal Ash that has been dumped and/or used for construction of any kind anywhere in Puerto Rico. AES appropriately compensates the people of Peñuelas, Guayama, Arroyo, Salinas, Humacao, and every other community found to be affected, now and in the future.


Knowing that corporations concede nothing without being forced to, in order to build sufficient power to stop AES and future environmental disasters, I commit to urging the following of our Congressional Representatives, National Latino organizations, and our Environmental Justice allies;


1. Our elected representatives shall each author and send a letter to the EPA demanding the EPA immediately intervene and issue a cease and desist order on the dumping of toxic Coal Ash or its derivatives anywhere in Puerto Rico.

2. A commitment from National Latino organizations to take on the issue of toxic waste being dumped all over of Puerto Rico, and to confront the issue with the urgency that the threat to our people’s health and the destruction of our island deserves.

3. The support and direct action of U.S. environmental justice organizations to help the people of Puerto Rico in their resistance to the destruction of their natural environment.


In order to involve every Boricua and ally in this struggle, I commit to doing and encouraging the following individual actions:

1. Contact AES directly and demand they halt their dumping of toxic Coal Ash in Puerto Rico:


AES Corporation Headquarters - 703-522-1315

4300 Wilson Boulevard, 11th Floor Arlington, VA 22203


AES Puerto Rico - Tel. 787-866-8117 Fax: 787-866-8139

L.P.Carretera No. 3 KM 142.0Bo. Pte. Jobos Guayama, PR 00784



2.Contact your congressional representative and demand an immediate halt to the dumping of toxic Coal Ash anywhere in Puerto Rico. We want to call everyone, but especially members of the House committee on Natural Resources.


3. Make a donation to an organization who is fighting on the ground in Puerto Rico. We recommend a $20 donation to Vive Boriken.They have been at the encampment in Peñuelas since day one providing various kinds of support. They also came to CT in June to educate us on this issue and the extent of the permanent damage caused by these ashes.


4. Contact any local environmental or Latino groups and ask them to sign our petition demanding an immediate halt to the dumping of toxic Coal Ash anywhere in or around Puerto Rico, and to send their congressional representatives a letter alerting them of this crisis.


5. Change your social media profile picture to the graphic below to show everyone that our island’s natural resources are important to you.


Who's signing

Matthew Lavoie
Kristen Myers
Angelana Zayas
Marisol Velasco
Jennifer Scarlott
Louis Cabrera
Sharon Newman Ehrlich
Brenda Ramos
Lucy Mercado
Miguel Marrero
Sidney Crespo
Angel Medina
Ana Montanez
Nancy Aviles
Samuel Kanig
Liza Goldman Huertas
Limary Laney
Llana Barber
Walter Alomar
Celia Miller
Ricardo Pérez
Nicole Artigas
Lee Sabonis
Osvaldo Rivera
Sofia Westmeyer
Diane Hirsch
Wildaliz Bermudez
331 signatures

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  • Matthew Lavoie
    signed via 2017-08-04 07:07:13 -0400
  • Kristen Myers
    signed via 2017-08-04 06:36:06 -0400
  • Angelana Zayas
    signed 2017-08-04 00:31:07 -0400
    Angelana Zayas
  • Marisol Velasco
    signed via 2017-08-03 23:54:54 -0400
  • Taina Kirksey
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-08-03 23:51:53 -0400
    Sign the petition: No coal Ash in Puerto Rico!
  • Jennifer Scarlott
    signed via 2017-08-03 23:50:20 -0400
  • Louis Cabrera
    signed via 2017-08-03 23:07:01 -0400
  • Sharon Newman Ehrlich
    signed 2017-08-03 23:02:03 -0400
  • Brenda Ramos
    signed via 2017-08-03 22:57:51 -0400
  • Lucy Mercado
    signed 2017-08-03 22:27:34 -0400
    Another atrocity against the Island of Boriken, Puerto Rico. This is a crime against humanity and all life! Please sign for this toxic dumping to stop, that is poisoning the land, water and the people!
  • Miguel Marrero
    signed 2017-08-03 21:08:38 -0400
  • Sidney Crespo
    signed 2017-08-03 19:33:41 -0400
  • Angel Medina
    signed 2017-08-03 19:32:08 -0400
  • Ana Montanez
    signed 2017-08-03 18:59:30 -0400
  • Nancy Aviles
    signed 2017-08-03 18:05:37 -0400
  • Samuel Kanig
    signed 2017-08-02 22:00:56 -0400
  • Liza Goldman Huertas
    signed 2017-08-02 19:20:52 -0400
  • Limary Laney
    signed 2017-08-02 17:03:34 -0400
  • Llana Barber
    signed 2017-08-02 14:27:29 -0400
    Llana Barber
  • Walter Alomar
    signed 2017-08-02 08:27:18 -0400
  • Celia Miller
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-08-01 23:27:15 -0400
    Sign the petition: No coal Ash in Puerto Rico!
  • Celia Miller
    signed 2017-08-01 23:26:42 -0400
  • Ricardo Pérez
    signed 2017-08-01 17:23:55 -0400
  • Nicole Artigas
    signed 2017-08-01 15:25:25 -0400
  • Lee Sabonis
    signed 2017-07-31 10:50:15 -0400
    This is why so many have breathing problems, allergies asthma coughing etc..
  • Osvaldo Rivera
    signed 2017-07-30 17:15:26 -0400
  • Sofia Westmeyer
    signed 2017-07-30 15:12:41 -0400
  • Diane Hirsch
    signed via 2017-07-30 00:57:47 -0400
  • Wildaliz Bermudez
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-07-29 11:44:44 -0400
    Sign the petition: No coal Ash in Puerto Rico!
  • Wildaliz Bermudez
    signed 2017-07-29 11:44:24 -0400
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