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Unethical Vendors, Misinformed Buyers – Lack of Information Might Lead Some to High Legal Expenses in Puerto Rico [No Action Assurance by EPA]

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Through the No Action Assurance (NAA) issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on September 27th, 2017, the agency attempted to bring some relief to those afflicted in Puerto Rico and the U.S Virgin Islands by this disturbing hurricane season. However, for all of those affected that decide to use non-EPA-compliant units, it is of the upmost importance to be clear of the restrictions and responsibilities that the user will be bound to. As many sellers are trying to take financial advantage of this saddening situation by arbitrarily raising their margins and withholding valuable information from unaware buyers. For all questions and concerns about non-compliant Mobile Power Generators, the EPA suggests contacting Custom and Border Protection:

“EPA will work with Customs and Border Protection personnel on any importation questions arising in connection with this NAA.”

Therefore, before purchasing, leasing or receiving any non-compliant gas or diesel generator it is imperative to be clear on the rights and responsibilities that come with this decision.

As disheartening as it might sound, it’s important not to solely believe on the vendor’s words, as many are taking advantage of the lack of informative resources in these affected areas. Causing many buyers to illicitly own and operate prohibit units, which results in cumulative penalties and high legal expenses. The NAA primarily purpose is to aid hurricane and disaster relief; yet, as a federal agency, EPA’s main purpose is to

“Protect human health and the environment by writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed…”

and for this reason, the best way to take advantage of this waiver is to be thorough and well-informed about your decision and the responsibilities that come with it.

**For specific information about each category and their specifications please visit our previous post "EPA’s No Action Assurance (NNA) – Its Categories and What They Each Entail [Mobile Generator Units]"**

EPA's Regional Administrator, Pete Lopez, discussing with Puerto Rico's Governor Ricardo Rosello

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