Puerto Ricans, disgusted with the Environmental Protection Agency’s “willful dereliction” of its oversight of the island’s toxic landfills, are demanding that the head of the agency close them, saying they have lost faith in an EPA deputy in charge of the territory.

The citizens’ advocacy group Puerto Rico Limpio, which means Puerto Rico Clean, is clamoring in a letter for EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to enforce federal laws by closing the “toxic landfills.”

Their Sept. 1 letter spells out a “shocking pattern of willful dereliction of federal responsibility” by EPA Regional 2 Administrator Judith Enck, who in newly released documents was dismissive of the group’s concerns, saying the agency took care of the problem over the last decade.

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