Local environmental groups, supported by a chapter of the Sierra Club, have sued Puerto Rican authorities seeking to block a $50-million proposed waste-to-energy facility in Barceloneta, arguing that an environmental impact statement (EIS ) is inadequate. In Re: Administracion de Asuntos Energeticos, No. 11-02 (P.R. Ct. App. filed 1/18/12). Plaintiffs allege that the government met only the minimum standard for public input on the project and that the EIS did not consider the health effects of incineration byproducts. They also argue that the facility as designed would not produce enough energy to justify the cost of operating it. According to a news report, the Barceloneta project is being permitted using a streamlined process instituted by the government after declaring an “energy emergency” in 2010. Plaintiffs seek to invalidate the EIS before the Energy Affairs Administration of Puerto Rico can issue a final project permit. See BNA World Climate Change Report, January 20, 2012.
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Groups sue to halt Puerto Rican waste-to-energy project
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