Rethinking Air Quality in Puerto Rico: A case study of barrio Espinosa in the Municipality of Dorado

Authors: Ashley Mendez-Heavilin*, University of Puerto Rico, Jenniffer M Santos-Hernandez , University of Puerto Rico
Topics: Planning Geography, Environment
Keywords: air quality, Puerto Rico, pollution
Session Type: Paper


The production of Portland cement in Puerto Rico has played an important role in the development of the island. In 2012 local cement companies produced approximately 743 tons; slightly below the demand of 835 tons for that year (FICEM, 2013). Cement companies are distributed throughout the island and are operated following air quality standards established by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Puerto Rico Environmental Control Board. However, the distribution of the air quality monitoring network does not correspond to the distribution of facilities but to population density; leaving the responsibility to monitor air quality at industrial sites to companies themselves. This paper presents a case study of barrio Espinosa in Dorado, Puerto Rico to raise awareness of the urgent need to rethink air quality monitoring in Puerto Rico.

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