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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   
Facility Contact: Stacin Martin, (757) 322-4780, stacin.martin@navy.mil
EPA Contact: Douglas Pocze, (212) 637-4432, pocze.doug@epa.gov
Last Updated: August 2014
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 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. On September 30, 2003 the Defense Appropriations Act directed the naval station to close within six months.  On March 31, 2004, the base underwent operational closure and the navy has vacated the base. 

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:

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