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Guaynabo assembly backs communities opposing asphalt plant

Guaynabo City Assembly member Gabriela Alonso Ribas

By The Star Staff

The Guaynabo City Assembly has approved a resolution supporting a fight being waged by two communities against the establishment of an asphalt dosing plant, Gabriela Alonso Ribas, an assembly member representing the Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP), announced Thursday.

The assembly, she said, approved a resolution of her authorship to express the support of the city bodies for the communities of Guaraguao and Mamey II in their fight against the establishment of an asphalt dosing plant proposed by the DB Asphalt Recycling company.

“For the communities of the Guaraguao and Mamey II neighborhoods, among other sectors, this unanimous endorsement that the city assembly gives to them in their fight against the dangerous asphalt of Asphalt Recycling is very valuable,” Alonso Ribas said in a written statement. “It is important to continue to seek support in order to protect the health of our people and the environment in general. The peace and well being of our communities must be defended.”

The measure, which Alonso Ribas filed last October, was unanimously approved on Monday. In addition, 13 other assembly members became co-authors of the legislation.

One of the amendments made to Resolution 15 Series 2021-2022 was to recommend that the Guaynabo municipal administration establish a dialogue with the residents of the communities and determine what should be the best use for the land where the asphalt facility is slated to be located.

“I think it’s very good, the idea of dialogue with the community about the best use that can be made of these lands, for the benefit of nearby families and the environment,” the PIP legislator said. “The PIP is a party that has fought, throughout its history, to protect the well being of communities and our natural resources. That is why we will continue working hand in hand with the communities to stop this asphalt [operation].”

In the island Senate, Senate Resolution 354, filed by PIP Sen. María de Lourdes Santiago Negrón, is awaiting approval. The resolution, which also calls for a stop to the asphalt facility, has since Oct. 5 been in the Internal Affairs Committee of the upper chamber, which is chaired by Sen. Marially González Huertas.

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