Osceola commissioners ask company to stop importing coal ash from Puerto Rico

in Osceola County News & Events

SOURCE: ClickOrlando.com

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – After backlash from residents, the Osceola County Commissions has asked to rescind its agreement with a private company to accept tons of coal ash from Puerto Rico.

Osceola County Board Chairwoman Cheryl Grieb sent a letter to Waste Connections, the private waste company operating JED landfill, informing it of the decision and asking to rescind the agreement.

According to the letter dated May 14, the commission requested Waste Connections to cease accepting coal ash from Puerto Rico immediately.

“During the meeting, significant public testimony was presented expressing concerns with the presence of toxins in the ash and the potential of both environmental damage and human illness,” Grieb wrote.