According to the New York Times, the government of Puerto Rico may have poisoned people all over the island by using “toxic and illegal oil,” in its major electricity plants.
As reported in the Times, the scheme lasted over 25 years and may have generated over one billion dollars in criminal “kickbacks and commissions” to oil executives and politicians. Here is the entire New York Times report:
This very week, witnesses are testifying before the Puerto Rico Senate, that the Fuel Procurement Office of Puerto Rico has been intentionally approving cheap and poisonous oil for its electrical generator facilities, charging Puerto Rican consumers for a more expensive “legal” oil, and then pocketing the difference.
A class action suit has also been filed against government officials, oil suppliers and testing labs, under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, also known as RICO. Here are some of the many documents filed in that lawsuit:
This “toxic oil” problem was already known to the U.S. government. In 2004, PREPA was forced to sign a consent decree with the EPA, in which PREPA committed to using legal non-toxic oil, so that Puerto Ricans would not be poisoned by the island’s electrical generator facilities.
However it appears that PREPA, oil executives, and numerous politicians simply ignored their own consent decree, and continued to spew poisonous fumes into the air over Puerto Rico.
All in exchange for a billion dollars in illegal “kickbacks and commissions.”
Mark Twain once said: “it can probably be proven, through facts and figures, that the greatest criminal class in America is the U.S. congress.” Sadly, this criminal class now lives in Puerto Rico, as well.
For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…
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