Resistance to Toxic Coal Ash Dumping in Puerto Rico Spreads Across Island
In Puerto Rico, there’s a growing struggle of residents across the island who are demanding the island’s only coal-fired power plant be closed — and that the private company, AES, stop dumping toxic coal ash near the southern town of Peñuelas. For months, the town’s residents have been blockading the trucks carrying the coal ash into their community, saying the waste is poisonous to their health and the environment. The government of Puerto Rico has responded by deploying hundreds of police to the town to break the blockades. Democracy Now!’s Juan Carlos Davila and Laura Gottesdiener report on the growing movement from Puerto Rico. Special thanks to Sam Alcoff and Andre Lewis.