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About the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative

This nationally coordinated effort provides EPA and its partners with a process to return Superfund sites to productive use. Learn more at Superfund Redevelopment Initiative.

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Redevelopment at 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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Economic Activity at the Site

As of December 2019, EPA had data on 6 on-site businesses. These businesses employed 80 people and generated an estimated $5,200,000 in annual sales revenue. View additional information about redevelopment economics at Superfund sites.

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