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Caribe General Electric Product, Rio Piedras

Other (Former) Names of Site:

EPA Identification Number: PRD000692590
Facility Location: La Brisa Street #5, Sabana Llana Industrial Park, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00924
Link to the site map
Facility Contact: Dawn M Varacchi-Ives, (781) 710 4608, dawn.varacchi@ge.com
EPA Contact Name: David N. Cuevas Ph.D., (787) 977-5856, cuevas.david@epa.gov
Last Updated: July 2014
Environmental Indicator Status: Human Exposures Under Control [PDF 254.57 KB, 9 pp] has been verified.
Groundwater Contamination Under Control [PDF 277.09 KB, 11 pp] has been verified.

Site Description

The Caribe General Electric Product facility (GE Río Piedras) covers approximately 4 acres and is situated on the northern coastal plain in a relatively flat industrial/urban area of Río Piedras with an elevation between 20 and 40 feet above mean sea level (amsl). The nearest surface water body is Laguna San José, located approximately 2 kilometers north of the Site immediately followed by the Atlantic Ocean north of Laguna San José.

The facility was originally used for manufacturing fuses and other electrical accessories including current limiting fuses, home lighting protectors, fuse links, radio energy management systems, watt hour meters, and electrical relays. Manufacturing operations began in March 1966. GE closed operations and vacated the entire Site by 1999. Building 1 and Building 2 are now owned by Active Salesman Company and the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO), respectively. The site is currently used for general storage, warehousing, and process activities involved with the fabrication of metal signage.

Site Responsibility

Cleanup at this site has been addressed by General Electric with oversight from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under authority of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). In addition, the Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board (EQB) participates with EPA in the investigation and cleanup decision-making and oversight.

Permit Status

On November 19, 1980 GE submitted the Part A Treatment, Storage and Disposal (TSD) Permit Application to EPA. The final permit was never issued because GE made a petition to change the facility status from TSD to Large Quantity Generator (LQG) in 1984. After closure of their former hazardous waste storage area, EPA reclassified the facility as a LQG in January 1991. The facility remained a LQG until operations ceased in 1999.

Threats and Contaminants

On September 8, 1984 a spill of cresylic acid (cresol) occurred within the Paint Room (AOC-1) of Building 1. Although the spill was contained, no confirmatory sampling was conducted.

Cleanup Approach

On July 2010, EPA ordered GE Río Piedras to conduct a RCRA Facility Investigation (RFI) to determine nature and extent of potential contamination in soil from AOC-1. EPA approved the RFI Work Plan on October 12, 2011. On March  2012 GE conducted the RFI which consisted of surface (0-2 ft) and subsurface (2-4 ft) soil samples that were collected beneath the concrete slab at the former location of AOC-1 and analyzed for cresol compounds (i.e. 2-methylphenol, 3-methylphenol, 4-methylphenol). Results indicate that soil media beneath AOC-1 was not impacted by cresylic acid and no groundwater contamination is expected.

Site Repository

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

US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2
Caribbean Environmental Protection Division
City View Plaza II – Suite 7000
No. 48 Rd. 165 KM 1.2
Guaynabo, PR 00968-8069

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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