Superfund Information Systems: Site Profile

Superfund Site:

PAPELERA PUERTORRIQUENA, INC.
UTUADO, PR

Cleanup Activities

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Background

The Papelera Puertorriqueña Inc. (PPI) site is located in Utuado, Puerto Rico. PPI is an active facility that manufactures paper and plastic bags, using ink-based solvents in the manufacturing process, as well as storing other paper-based products at the site. The facility discharged wastewater containing hazardous chemicals into the Viví River and surrounding areas. EPA placed the site on the Superfund program’s National Priorities List in September 2009. Site investigations are ongoing.

 

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What Has Been Done to Clean Up the Site?

The Papelera Puertorriqueña, Inc. (PPI) Superfund site is located in Utuado, Puerto Rico. Since 1965, on-site PPI operations included the manufacture of paper and plastic bags and cardboard boxes. Investigations found that site activities resulted in the contamination of soil, sediment, surface water and groundwater with volatile organic compounds. In 2009, EPA added the site to the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL). EPA is currently in the process of investigating the full extent of contamination and choosing a final cleanup plan for the site. PPI continues to operate on the property throughout the investigation and cleanup planning phases. Today, the business continues to manufacture paper and plastic bags and cardboard boxes. PPI also stores and distributes greetings cards and paper giftwraps on the site.

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What Is the Current Site Status?

The overall cleanup approach will be developed during the Superfund process. The plan will be available for public review after the completion of the site’s remedial investigation and feasibility study (RI/FS).  Ongoing Remedial Investigation (RI) Field Activities under EPA’ Fund Lead.

 

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