Friday, April 16, 2004

PR: Only 500 of 9000 acres of defunct naval base contaminated

PONCE - Carl Axel Soderberg, director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the Caribbean region announced on Thursday that almost 500 acres of the defunct Roosevelt Roads naval base in Ceiba are contaminated.

Soderberg, a former member of the Environmental Quality Board, said that parts of ammunition used by the United States Navy were found in one of the 18 areas reported to be contaminated.

Of the former base’s almost 9,000 acres, only 500, spread out over different areas, are contaminated. Some of the contaminants are grease; gasoline; oil in a few workshops; and, like in any other airport, jet fuel on the ground,” said Soderberg.

Soderberg said in an interview that they would clean up the contamination following the guidelines established by the 1996 Hazardous Waste Disposal Law.

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