Superfund Site: VEGA BAJA SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL, RIO ABAJO WARD, PR
Superfund Site Profile
The Vega Baja Solid Waste Disposal site is located in the Rio Abajo Ward of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. The 72-acre area includes an unlined and uncapped solid waste disposal and open burning area. From about 1948 to 1979, the municipality of Vega Baja used the site as an unlined solid waste disposal and open burning facility that received commercial, industrial and domestic waste. More than 1.1 million cubic yards of waste were disposed of or burned at the facility. In the late 1970s, local residents began building homes on portions of the uncapped waste disposal area. EPA conducted extensive sampling at the site and found lead, arsenic and pesticides in the soil and groundwater. After immediate actions to protect human health and the environment, the site’s long-term cleanup is ongoing.