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Fri Jan 12, 2018, 02:30 AM

Puerto Rico Governor Asks DOJ To Investigate Island's Public Power Utility

Source: NPR

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló has asked the Justice Department to investigate the island's public electric utility after federal agents said they found large quantities of critical rebuilding materials stored in a warehouse owned by the public company.

On Saturday, employees of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers entered the warehouse near San Juan, took possession of the materials and began distributing them to contractors working to rebuild the island's flattened power grid, according to a statement from the Army Corps. Details of the operation were first reported by The Intercept.

Among the materials found were transformers and metal sleeves that have been in short supply since Hurricane Maria devastated the island and its electrical grid in September.

"At a time when it is a priority to restore the power grid in Puerto Rico, I have ordered a legal analysis of this matter so that the people can have the details related to these materials and their storage," Rosselló said in a statement.

Read more: https://www.npr.org/2018/01/11/577439244/puerto-rico-governor-asks-doj-to-investigate-island-s-public-power-utility

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