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Environmental Firm Helps to Protects Workers, Communities and the Environment from Coal Ash Exposure Hazards in Puerto Rico

Zimmetry Environmental offers testing, monitoring and consulting services to identify coal ash and other industrial waste materials to safeguard against exposure risks and to keep companies and utilities in regulatory compliance.

Bayamon, Puerto Rico – WEBWIRE

In 2017, former Governor Ricardo Rossello signed a law banning coal ash from landfills in Puerto Rico.

Environmental groups in Puerto Rico have long voiced their concerns over the presence, transportation and dumping of large quantities of coal ash coming from the commonwealth’s one coal-fired power plant.
Coal ash is the waste product that comes from burning coal to produce electricity. Coal ash by-products may include fly ash, bottom ash, boiler slag, flue gas desulfurization materials and other substances. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), coal ash, also known as coal combustion residuals (CCRs), is one of the largest types of industrial waste generated in the United States.
Hazardous substances that may be found in coal ash can include arsenic, boron, lead, cadmium, chromium, lithium, mercury, molybdenum, thallium and other materials. Coal ash can be a threat to workers, the public and the environment due to blown dust contaminating the air and soil or if heavy metals leach into groundwater.
The Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) reports that exposure can result in skin irritation and breathing it can result in respiratory irritation as well as irritation of the eyes, nose and throat. Ingestion can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Some of the compounds found in coal ash can cause cancer after continued long-term ingestion and inhalation according to the agency.
“In 2017, former Governor Ricardo Rossello signed a law banning coal ash from landfills in Puerto Rico,” said Harry Pena, President of Zimmetry Environmental. “However, so long as coal is used here for power generation, it will still be an issue. Today, much of the coal ash is being transported to a landfill in Florida or is being converted into construction materials.”
Protecting workers, communities and the environment from exposure to coal ash and other potentially hazardous substances are the professionals at Zimmetry Environmental. Their environmental and air quality experts offer testing, monitoring and consulting services to identify, mitigate and eliminate exposure risks. Zimmetry has even recently sponsored an educational video about coal ash and potential exposure risks that can be seen at:
To learn more about Zimmetry Environmental and their industrial hygiene, environmental, and compliance testing and consulting services, please visit, call (787) 995.0005 or email .
About Zimmetry Environmental
Since 2002, Zimmetry Environmental has been providing environmental consulting services to building owners and managers, architects, engineers, EHS professionals and Fortune 500 companies. The company is based in Puerto Rico and provides services across the Caribbean and Central America. The professionals at Zimmetry offer environmental compliance, indoor air quality, asbestos, lead-based paint, Phase I ESAs and general environmental consulting services.

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