Superfund Site: V&M/ALBALADEJO
ALMIRANTE NORTE WARD, PR

Superfund Site Profile

SITE BACKGROUND

The V&M/Albaladejo site, located in the Almirante Norte Ward of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, consists of as many as five relatively small areas where refuse such as cables, batteries and electrical equipment was burned for metal recovery purposes. The burn areas are scattered around the property boundary separating the privately owned V&M and Albaladejo farms. Open burning of refuse began at an unknown point in time and continued until 1986 on the V&M property and until 1988 on the Albaladejo property. Sampling found elevated levels of antimony, cadmium, copper, silver and lead in surface soils. After immediate actions to protect human health and the environment, and groundwater sampling, EPA determined that no further action was necessary. EPA took the site off the Superfund program’s National Priorities List in October 2001.