Warren Urges Trump to Step Up Disaster Relief Efforts for Puerto Rican Islands of Vieques & Culebra

Wednesday, October 04, 2017
GoLocalWorcester News Team

Elizabeth Warren
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is urging President Donald Trump to step up disaster recovery efforts on the Puerto Rican islands of Vieques and Culebra following Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

In a letter to Trump, Warren cites the remoteness of the islands and reports that residents have been "without running water, power, gasoline or communications for more than a week.”

Read the Letter Here

"The residents of Vieques and Culebra are U.S. citizens, and no fellow citizen should be left ‘clamoring for help. They need help now, and we urge that you provide them with sufficient aid and assistance without further delay,” said Warren in the letter.

The letter also expresses concern about the superfund site on Vieques and the possible health risks posed by the heavy metals and toxic chemicals left on the island following decades of military exercises by the U.S. Navy.

"We share the concern of residents that the hazardous waste may further contaminate the island and water supplies, and ultimately threaten the health of local residents. Additionally, the superfund site contains unexploded bombs and live ammunition that could be washed into the sea, posing long-term health and safety risks,” wrote Warren.

Other Senators Join in

Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) also joined the letter to President Trump.

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