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IRMA UPDATE: EPA Regions 2 and 4 Taking Precautions, Activating Emergency Response Teams

IRMA UPDATE: EPA Regions 2 and 4 Taking Precautions, Activating Emergency Response Teams

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WASHINGTON – EPA is continuing preparations for Hurricane Irma, which is expected to hit Southern Florida, serviced by EPA Region 4. Irma has already made landfall in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, covered by EPA Region 2. The Agency is in the process of securing and assessing Superfund sites; compiling data for regulated facilities; granting fuel waivers to help stabilize prices at the pump and ensure emergency vehicles have access to fuel; and, preparing for infrastructure assessments and environmental sampling following the storm.

The Agency is focused on the safety of those in the affected areas and warns that unauthorized entry at any Superfund site, either prior to or following the storm, is prohibited as these sites can be extremely dangerous and can pose significant threats to human health.

The Regional Emergency Operation Center’s in both Region 4 and Region 2 are prepared for the following field operations, including: drinking water and wastewater infrastructure assessment; facility assessment; debris and household hazardous waste management; and drinking water and environmental sampling.

As of September 7, 2017, the following information is available:

REGIONAL OPERATIONS CENTERS

·   Region 2: About 43 personnel are currently involved in hurricane efforts and assessment teams are ready to deploy to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These efforts are being augmented by professional staff in EPA Region 2’s Caribbean Environmental Protection Division (CEPD).

·   Region 4: The Region has approximately 34 personnel involved in emergency response efforts. In addition, seven people are scheduled to deploy to Florida, including Regional Administrator Trey Glenn to the State Emergency Operations Center tomorrow.

RISK MANAGEMENT PLANS (RMPS)

·   EPA is communicating with the Risk Management Program (RMP) and Facility Response Plan (FRP) bulk oil facilities to ensure they are secure and identify any vulnerabilities.

·   EPA’s Remedial program is currently performing desk-top triage of all remedial sites in Region 4 coastal states.

FUEL WAIVERS

·   Today, EPA extended a low-volatility conventional gasoline waiver through September 26th in 38 states and the District of Columbia.

·   Yesterday, EPA issued Red-Dye Diesel fuel waiver for vehicles used for emergency response and evacuations.

REGION 2 SUPERFUND SITES

·   EPA assessed 23 Superfund and oil sites in Puerto Rico and U.S Virgin Islands to evaluate their vulnerabilities prior to Hurricane Irma hitting. The Region will conduct post-hurricane assessments of these facilities and sites.

·   A complete list of Superfund and oil sites has been generated to prioritize post-hurricane visits. Additionally, a list of other regulated facilities has been created to conduct pre- and post-storm facility coordination and assessment.

·   EPA teams will focus on immediate threats from hazardous substance releases and oil spills, orphan hazardous containers, household hazardous waste, contaminated debris, and drinking water/wastewater (DW/WW) issues.

REGION 4 SUPERFUND SITES

·   Currently 80 sites from Miami to North Carolina are being reviewed and technical staff in Region 4 office are evaluating any vulnerabilities at each site. A list of regulated facilities and sites of potential concern is being refined based on Irma’s path, storm surge and 100/500-year flood map predictions.

·   If any site in the path of the storm is found to pose an immediate threat to nearby populations, EPA will immediately alert local officials.

·   If cleanup activity is on-going at a site, EPA will instruct the on-site contractor to secure the site immediately. This includes evacuating personnel, ceasing all activity, and securing equipment and other potentially harmful materials. If no activity is currently occurring at the site, the site is considered secured but remains closely monitored.

·   After the storm passes, floodwaters recede, and it is deemed safe to enter a site, EPA remedial managers and contractors conduct rapid assessments of sites based on priority to identify any damage and initiate cleanup plans if necessary.

Source: EPA Region 2

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Puerto Rico is Open for Tourists

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(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Buzz) – Travelocity® and Expedia Media Solutions®, in collaboration with the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, are ramping up efforts to help shift public perception of the situation in Puerto Rico, this week.

Puerto Rico has always been a popular destination for travelers, as well as a fantastic, long-term partner, and we jumped at the chance to work with Travelocity to support the Puerto Rico Tourism Company,” said Wendy Olson Killion, global senior director for Expedia Media Solutions. “The collaborative campaign will ensure new and repeat visitors know Puerto Rico is again open for tourism, and that tourism will positively impact the island’s economy and contribute to recovery efforts.”

Approximately 68,000 locals are employed in the tourism sector, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. With this importance to the economy, the simple and enjoyable act of visiting Puerto Rico can make a huge difference. For more information on the Island, travelers can also visit SeePuertoRico.com.

“We are thrilled to have our Travelocity and Expedia partners join in spreading the word that the Island is, in fact, open for tourism,” said Carla Campos, acting executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. “It is with pride and hospitality, traits that characterize our people, that we welcome visitors with open arms, because coming to visit us is the best way to support us right now.”

The campaign, which was donated on behalf of Travelocity and Expedia Media Solutions, includes on site advertising placements, a dedicated page highlighting the hotels and resorts that are open for business in Puerto Rico, and useful content about the country on the Travelocity “Inspire” blog.

Travelocity is offering $150 off a $1500 package booking with code CARIBNOW from now until February 6th, 2018 for travel between now and September 16th, 2018. For full terms and conditions visit http://travelocity.us/PuertoRico.

SOURCE Travelocity

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Rosselló Asks Police Officers to Return to Work

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(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Buzz) – Gov. Ricardo Rosselló asked members of the Puerto Rico Police Department to return to work, Jan. 8.

The massive absenteeism of police officers has been largely attributed to the lack of overtime pay in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, but some say it goes back even further.

“I ask of any partner of the uniformed force that is not attending [work]at this moment – I ask of them to return,” said Rosselló. It’s not just about giving a message about a series of initiatives, but it’s a matter of safety for our people.

Rosselló is currently evaluating how police officers that missed work, will be reprimanded.

“We’re establishing which administrative measures will take place,” said Rosselló. There’s a lot of information that needs to be gathered.

At times, approximately 8,000 police officers have missed worked, out of about 14,000 islandwide.

Police union representatives have said that police officers are using their sick and holiday time available.

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Watch Carmen Yulín Suck Up a Load of Bribe Cash

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(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Buzz) – Here we go again. Another Carmen Yulín appearance on The Simpsons.

Spoiler alert: Donald Trump tries to bribe Robert Mueller with a room full of cash. Mueller leaves.

Then Carmen Yulín walks into the room dressed as a housemaid before revealing her usual “comandante de la revolución” outfit.

Yulín then pulls out a vacuum cleaner to suck up the loads of American cold-hard-cash bribe money.

Mueller Meets Trump, Season 29

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