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ENRLC Case Makes International Headlines

August 6, 2013

The Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic (ENRLC) is mentioned in an article detailing a case taking place in Puerto Rico. The ENRLC presently represents a group of organizations and individuals in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, who are appealing a Prevention of Significant Deterioration air permit granted by EPA to Energy Answers Arecibo, LLC. The permit is for a municipal waste combustion facility (incinerator). The appeal is before the Environmental Appeals Board in Washington, D.C.

The article about the case, "Negocio con 'basura extranjera' garantizará 900 mil toneladas de 'veneno'" was published at, the newspaper with the highest circulation in Puerto Rico. Translated into English, the title is "Business with "Foreign Trash" Will Guarantee 900,000 Metric Tons of "Poison"" and the byline is "People report that the incinerator proposed to operate in Arecibo will be a business that will be fed principally by "foreign trash."

The individuals quoted in the article are the ENRLC's clients.

The clinic is mentioned: "el grupo será representado por la Clínica de Derecho Ambiental de la Escuela de Derecho de Vermont, líder en luchas ecologista en los Estados Unidos." Translated into English, this states that "the group will be represented by the Environmental Law Clinic of Vermont Law School, a leader in ecological fights in the United States."