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EPA to Announce Major Grant to Reduce Air Pollution in Puerto Rico

Release Date: 11/10/2014
Contact Information: Contact: Brenda Reyes 787-977-5869 or reyes.brenda@epa.gov or; Elias Rodriguez 212-637-3664, rodriguez.elias@epa.gov


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EPA to Announce Major Grant to Reduce Air Pollution in Puerto Rico

      (San Juan, PR – Nov. 10, 2014) Thursday, November 13, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck will announce a major grant to reduce air pollution and improve public health in Puerto Rico. Air pollution can create or exacerbate respiratory ailments, especially asthma, which is a serious problem in Puerto Rico. More than twice as many Puerto Ricans have asthma than the general population of the United States and twice as many people die in Puerto Rico due to asthma than in the rest of United States. Asthma rates in Puerto Rico are among the highest in the country.

      What: Air pollution and health-related announcement

      Who: Judith A. Enck, EPA Regional Administrator
                  Miguel Torres Diaz, Secretary of Puerto Rico Department Transportation and Public Works
              Dr. Lourdes Pedraza from San Jorge Children’s Hospital

      When/Where: Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 at 10:30 am
              At the Tren Urbano (Urban Train) Station at Martínez Nadal Expressway
              PR 19 & PR 20, 00921 Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
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