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Naval Activity Puerto Rico

Other (Former) Names of Site: U.S. Naval Station Roosevelt Roads

EPA Identification Number: PR2170027203
Facility Location: Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Ceiba, Puerto Rico 
Link to the site map
Facility Contact: Rick Esterline, (315) 764-1996
EPA Contact: Douglas Pocze, (212) 637-4432, pocze.doug@epa.gov
Last Updated: January 2007
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

Naval Activity Puerto Rico (NAPR), formerly U.S. Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, is located on the east coast of the island of Puerto Rico in the municipality of Ceiba, approximately 33 miles southeast of San Juan. The nearest major town is Fajardo, which is 10 miles north of the station. The facility occupies approximately 8000 acres and is bordered on all sides but the west by the Caribbean Sea.

Since 1994 the facility has had a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Permit authorizing greater than 90 day storage of hazardous waste, in six container storage units (HWCSUs) located in the "DRMO" (Defense Reuse and Marketing Organization") compound. On February 3 and March 15, 2004, the facility submitted letters to EPA indicating it planned to cease using the six permitted HWCSUs, and close them commencing April 1, 2004. The letters indicate that future hazardous waste generated at the facility will be stored in an alternative "less than 90 day" storage unit, which does not require a RCRA permit.

Site Responsibility

The site is being cleaned up under Federal authority, with EPA the lead agency. However, the Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board (EQB) participates with EPA in cleanup decision making and oversight.

Threats and Contaminants

There are several significant areas of environmental concern; however, since groundwater is not utilized for any purposes at Roosevelt Roads, or downgradient of it, and none of the areas of environmental concern are presently utilized for residential purposes, the most significant current threats are adverse environmental impacts to the surface waters of Ensenada Honda and other marine bays and mangrove areas bordering the facility. In addition, there is a potential human health threat for possible impacts to on-site future residents if the impacted areas were ever utilized for residential purposes. The most significant areas of environmental concern include:

Cleanup Approach

The site is being addressed through Interim Corrective Measures (ICMs), RCRA Closure, and Corrective Measures directed at final cleanup of secific units. EPA may determine, subject to public review and comment of that determination, that implemented ICMs are sufficiently protective of human health and the environment to constitute the final corrective measure for any given solid waste management unit (SWMU) or Area of Concern (AOC).

Interim Corrective Measures (ICMs)

ICMs have been implemented at three areas at NAPR, which all constitute solid waste management units (SWMUs). In addition, access controls are being maintained at SWMU 11 (the interior areas of the closed power plant) as an ICM to prevent human exposure to the PCB and possible asbestos contamination inside the closed power plant. The ICMs implemented are:

Cleanup of the Entire Site

A total 83 "sites" have been identified at NAPR (formerly Naval Station Roosevelt Roads), which require assessments and/or investigations under the corrective action authorities of RCRA. These include 77 solid waste management units (SWMUs) and six "areas of concern" (AOCs). These SWMUs and AOCs were identified based on the 1988 RCRA Facility Assessment (RFA) performed for EPA; the 1993 "Follow-up" Visual Site Inspection (Follow-up VSI) also performed for EPA; and the 2005 Phase I/II Environmental Conditions of Property (ECP) Report prepared for the U.S. Navy in conjunction with closure and planned sale/transfer of the facility.

Cleanup Status

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to enter into an Administrative Order on Consent (Consent Order) with the United States Department of the Navy (the Navy). The proposed Consent Order is intended to set out the Navy's obligations for completing the cleanup of this large, closed military base, pursuant to the authority of the Federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act ("RCRA"). EPA is soliciting public comments on that proposed Consent Order.

Permit Status

The Consent Order is planned to replace the 1994 RCRA Permit as the document memorializing these obligations concerning the Naval Activity Puerto Rico (formerly Naval Station Roosevelt Roads) base.

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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