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The Drug Company Next DoorPollution, Jobs, and Community Health in Puerto Rico$
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Alexa S. Dietrich

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814724996

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814724996.001.0001

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In the Beginning Was the Corporation

In the Beginning Was the Corporation

Progress, Pollution, and the Public Trust

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The Drug Company Next Door

Alexa S. Dietrich

NYU Press

This chapter elaborates on a number of key points in the history of Puerto Rico and Nocorá specifically, which is crucial for understanding how it is that the pollution problem could have developed in the first place. The economic development of the island has had significant impact on environmental and health-related ideologies and sociocultural relationships. These dynamics have created a situation in which Puerto Ricans are generally willing to trade short-term economic gains for the long-term negative potential of serious pollution. Thus, this chapter aims to foster understanding of how such a thing could be allowed to go so far, and how regulatory agencies, government, and the companies themselves could have avoided confronting the problem for so long.

Keywords:   Nocorá, economic development, regulatory agencies, Puerto Rican government, pharmaceutical companies, pollution, Puerto Rico

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