EPA Seeks Comment on Puerto Rico Superfund Site

Site was formerly a scrap metal recycling and battery crushing facility.

August 21, 2013
Recycling Today Staff
Legislation & Regulations
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a plan to address contaminated soil at the Scorpio Recycling Superfund site in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. According to the EPA, metal recycling and battery crushing activities at the site resulted in contamination of the soil with lead and other metals. The EPA’s proposed cleanup plan calls for consolidating contaminated soil from the site into two controlled areas and covering it to reduce potential exposure. 

The EPA will hold a public meeting on August 14, 2013 at 6 p.m. to discuss the proposed plan and is encouraging public participation and comments. The meeting will be held at the Basketball Court of the Urbanizacion Altagracia, Calle 6 esquina Calle Pelicano, Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. Comments will be accepted until September 6, 2013.

Scorpio Recycling Inc. was a metals recycling company that operated at the site from 1972 until 2010. The site was added to the Superfund list in 1999 due to the high concentration of heavy metals and other contaminants that were found in the soil and groundwater. 

Under the EPA plan, contaminated soil that poses a potential risk to the public’s health will be moved and consolidated into two areas. A clean soil or gravel cover will be placed over the contaminated soil in the two areas, which includes a conservation area and an industrial area. The soil cover will be placed on the conservation area and the gravel cover will be placed on the industrial area. 

Long-term monitoring will ensure that the cover prevents direct contact with underlying waste. The proposed cleanup plan also requires new deed restrictions that will prevent activities that could disturb the cover and prohibit any future on-site residential construction. The EPA will conduct a review every five years to ensure the effectiveness of the cleanup.

Written comments may be mailed or emailed to: Adalberto Bosque, Ph.D., Remedial Project Manager, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, City View Plaza II Suite 7000, #48 PR-165 Km. 1.2. Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, 00968-8069. Telephone: (787)-977-5825, email: bosque.adalberto@epa.gov. 

To review the plan for the Scorpio Recycling Superfund site, visit http://www.epa.gov/region02/superfund/npl/scorpio/index.html