Zimmetry Environmental provides Phase I Environmental Site Assessments and comprehensive testing, monitoring and consulting services to identify potential contamination hazards in Puerto Rico and throughout the region.
Bayamon, Puerto Rico – WEBWIRE – Monday, October 31, 2022
Dusts from contaminated soils can be carried by wind onto nearby properties and heavy rains can wash toxic contaminants onto other properties.
Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it was adding the Ochoa Fertilizer Co. site in Guánica, Puerto Rico to its Superfund National Priorities List (NPL). The move allows EPA to protect the nearby community where releases of contamination could pose a significant human health and environmental risk.
According to EPA:
The Ochoa Fertilizer Co. site includes a former fertilizer manufacturing facility near Guánica Bay in Guánica, Puerto Rico. The facility includes two parcels — a 13-acre western lot along Guánica Bay and a 112-acre eastern lot within 500 feet of the Bay. Former facility operators manufactured ammonia, ammonium sulfate, and sulfuric acid beginning in the 1950s. The company stopped operating on the eastern lot between 1968 and 1970; however, fertilizer manufacturing on the western lot has continued to the present day. Past operations at the site resulted in releases of hazardous substances at and from the eastern lot, contaminating soil and causing environmental degradation to Guánica Bay. As a result, there is a potential risk of exposure to nearby residents from soil contaminated with mercury, lead, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and other contaminants.
Federal funding for long-term cleanup at this Superfund site is good news for Puerto Rico and a reminder that former industrial facilities remain that can pose a risk to people living nearby and for those wanting to redevelop properties, said Harry Pena, President of Zimmetry Environmental. Dusts from contaminated soils can be carried by wind onto nearby properties and heavy rains can wash toxic contaminants onto other properties. Another concern is the movement of contaminants in groundwater plumes. These are all reminders why developers looking to purchase properties need to complete a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) to protect their investment.
The environmental, industrial hygiene and Phase I ESA experts at Zimmetry provide answers about past land uses that are critical for investors, buyers and lenders in Puerto Rico. Their professionals have extensive experience conducting environmental due diligence for all types of industrial, commercial, institutional and residential properties. If environmental sampling is 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 and environmental site assessments, or other building science, industrial hygiene, air quality, compliance and consulting services, please visit www.zimmetry.com, call (787) 995.0005 or email [email protected] .
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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