NEW YORK The
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a plan to
handle contaminated soil at now-defunct Scorpio Recycling
Inc.s former site in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico.
The EPA designated the
nine-acre site, where Scorpio operated metal recycling and
battery crushing activities from 1972 to 2010, as a Superfund
site on its National Priorities List after it found the soil
was contaminated with lead and other harmful materials.
The EPA determined
that groundwater contamination from the site is not a threat to
public health or the environment, but it plans to implement a
$3-million program to consolidate the contaminated soil in two
separate areas. A "conservation area" will be covered by clean
soil, while an "industrial area" will be covered by gravel,
according to the EPA. The agency said it will monitor the site
and conduct a review every five years to ensure the
While the Superfund
program normally requires that polluters pay for the cost of
cleanups, Scorpio Recyclings dissolution meant that the
EPA "was unable to identify a viable party" to cover the
$3-million cost of the program.
The plan will now
undergo a public comment process, which is expected to run
through Sept. 6.