SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico has pledged to invest $77 million to reduce pollution and upgrade storm-water systems as part of two settlements with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Federal officials said Wednesday that more than 6 million gallons (22 million liters) of untreated sewage are discharged daily into waterways throughout the capital of San Juan. The EPA said that from 2005 to 2013, it documented Puerto Rico agencies discharging untreated sewage into places including Condado Lagoon, a popular site for activities including paddle boarding and swimming.
Officials said Puerto Rico's government will face financial penalties if it does not complete the work or meet deadlines. The agency waived civil penalties as part of the settlement because of the U.S. territory's economic crisis.