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EPA Extends Comment Period for Addressing Contaminated Soil and Groundwater at Superfund Site in Puerto Rico

Zimmetry Environmental provides Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments and comprehensive testing, monitoring and consulting services to identify and mitigate contamination hazards throughout the Caribbean.

Bayamon, Puerto Rico – WEBWIRE

In Puerto Rico, the Phase 1 ESA experts at Zimmetry provide answers about current and historical land uses that are critical for investors, buyers and lenders.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced it extended the public comment period for its proposed cleanup plan to address lead-contaminated soil and groundwater at the Battery Recycling Company Superfund Site in Arecibo, Puerto Rico to October 16, 2023.

The main property at the site was operated as a secondary lead smelter and battery recycling operation until 2014. Prior to the secondary lead smelting operation, the site was used for the manufacture of organic chemicals to produce fumaric acid and phthalic acid. These activities left behind high levels of lead and other contaminants in the soil and groundwater.

The cleanup outlined in the EPA’s plan is designed to address remaining contaminated soil and groundwater on and off the property that is the source of the site contamination. Under the proposed plan, EPA would remove contaminated soil for treatment and containment. The agency would also monitor the groundwater and limit the public’s access to groundwater through existing laws and regulations in Puerto Rico, as well as notifications to local governments to ensure future land use does not conflict with long-term cleanup goals.

“The former operations of the battery recycling company is a prime example of a past industrial plant leaving behind a toxic legacy for people living and working in the area, not to mention for those wanting to redevelop properties like this,” said Harry Pena, President of Zimmetry Environmental. “This is why it’s so important for anyone looking to purchase properties to complete a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) to protect their investment and the people that may live or work on the site in the future.”

In Puerto Rico, the Phase 1 ESA experts at Zimmetry provide answers about current and historical land uses that are critical for investors, buyers and lenders. Their professionals have extensive experience conducting environmental due diligence for all types of industrial, commercial, institutional and residential properties. If environmental sampling and laboratory analyses are needed to identify or confirm the presence of hazardous materials, they offer air, water, soil, and bulk material testing services.

To learn more about Zimmetry Environmental and environmental site assessments or other building science, industrial hygiene, air quality, compliance 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 1 ESAs and general environmental consulting services.

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