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Heritage Environmental Services PR, LLC

Other (Former) Names of Site: Lilly Del Caribe, Inc.

EPA Identification Number: PRD091024786
Facility Location: 3080 Avenida Hostos, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico 00682
Link to the site map
Facility Contact: Eng. Gerardo Ruiz, Environmental Manager, (787) 652-6367, (787) 652-0090 (switchboard)
EPA Contact: Angel Salgado, (787) 977-5854, salgado.angel@epa.gov
Last Updated: March 2013
Environmental Indicator Status: Human Exposures Under Control [PDF 468.5 KB, 48 pp] has been verified.
Groundwater Contamination Under Control [PDF 185.8 KB, 39 pp] has been verified.

Site Description

Heritage Environmental Services PR (“Heritage-PR”) currently owns and operates an environmental services facility for the treatment, storage and disposal (“TSD”) of hazardous wastes located at 3080 Hostos Avenue in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. The facility occupies approximately 49 acres in the Sabanetas Ward of Mayaguez, southward of the former Central Igualdad sugarcane plantation. Heritage-PR acquired this facility on August 2009 from Lilly del Caribe, Inc

Site Responsibility

Any cleanup at this site would be addressed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) under the authority of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”).

Threats and Contaminants

This facility is located in the Rio Grande de Añasco hydrological basin. Land use around the facility is mostly agricultural, although some commercial/industrial activities occur in its immediate vicinity. The Central Igualdad Community, a small residential cluster of 22 households, is the nearest residential area, located approximately 0.65 km north of the facility. A fuel storage/dispensing operation, Western Petroleum, is the nearest commercial neighbor to the facility, located about 0.5 km to the north, next to the Central Igualdad Community. Several ecologically sensitive areas lie downstream from the facility, including Caño La Boqilla.

The main environmental threat at this facility would come from accidental releases of hazardous wastes into soils, surface waters or air as part of the site’s transport or storage operations. However, waste management procedures are in place at the facility for all operational activities, including segregation and storage of wastes based on chemical compatibility (as stated in the Permit’s Waste Analysis Plan), prevention of waste spills (in the Permit’s Preparedness and Prevention section), and control of waste spills if they occur (in the Permit’s Contingency Plan). These procedures are described in the facility’s RCRA Permit.

Cleanup Status/Corrective Action

There are no cleanup or corrective action activities taking place at this site.

Permit Status

Heritage-PR is a permitted RCRA TSD facility that stores hazardous wastes in tanks and containers for off-site shipment. The facility has a RCRA Permit that was transferred from Lilly del Caribe in August 29, 2009. The Permit authorizes the operation of ten (10) hazardous waste storage tanks, one (1) container storage area, several satellite accumulation areas, and a hazardous waste incinerator (Callidus) unit. The incinerator unit was closed as per RCRA requirements in September 4, 2012; EPA approved the Closure Report and Certification for the incinerator in February 6, 2013. Heritage-PR ships the wastes off-site to any of three (3) final disposal facilities it operates in the continental United States.

Heritage-PR filed a Class 2 Permit Modification request in December 27, 2010 to revise its RCRA Permit as to allow commercialization of the facility. Due to the significant public interest generated by this modification request, EPA elevated the modification to a Class 3. After a long and extensive public participation process, in March 18, 2013, EPA issued a final decision on Heritage's RCRA Class 3 Permit Modification request and the Responsiveness Summary.

Site Repository

Copies of supporting technical documents and correspondence cited in the site fact sheet are available for public review at the following location:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2
RCRA Records Center
290 Broadway, 15th Floor, Rm 1538
New York, NY 10007-1866
Tel. (212)637-3043

The inspection of some of the documents cited in the site fact sheet may require a formal request under the United States Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).


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