Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Compact Of Free Association With The US Does Not Include US Citizenship

The US Homeland Security and the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, makes it clear that Free Association with the United States does not include US Citizenship.These official documents, added to the recent decision made by the Supreme Court on the Status of Puerto Rico clarify this important issue for Puerto Ricans and pave the way for the commencement of a process to incorporate Puerto Rico into Statehood.MJ

Status of Citizens of the Freely Associated States of Micronesia.pdf

EPA Fines Pfizer in Puerto Rico for Not Disclosing Chemical Information

(New York, N.Y. – Oct. 25, 2016) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fined Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, LLC $190,000 for not disclosing chemical information at its plant in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico as required by the federal Clean Air Act’s chemical accident prevention, chemical safety, and risk management requirements. 

“Emergency responders need to know where hazardous chemicals are used and stored as well as how to deal with any risks associated with those chemicals,” said EPA’s Caribbean Environmental Protection Division’s Director Carmen R. Guerrero Pérez.

The Pfizer plant used liquid ammonia and methylamine gas, a derivative of ammonia to make pharmaceuticals. Ammonia is a corrosive substance and can damage people’s health. Ammonia is a severe irritant of the eyes, respiratory tract and skin.

 An EPA inspection at the Barceloneta plant in 2014 indicated that regulated substances, including ammonia and methylamine, were present in processes at the plant in amounts above the regulatory limit and without proper disclosure to the EPA. Following that inspection, the EPA met with the company and sent information request letters to Pfizer. The regulated substances are no longer present in processes at the plant in an amount above the regulatory limit and, therefore, the Pfizer facility now appears to be in compliance.

The Clean Air Act requires that companies develop a hazard assessment plan to identify potential impacts of an accidental release of chemicals; an accidental release prevention program that includes safety precautions, safe operating procedures, maintenance and employee training measures; and an emergency response program that spells out emergency health care, employee training measures and procedures for informing the public and local response agencies should an accidental release occur.

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