EPA Reaches Agreement with CEMEX to Protect Water Quality in Puerto Rico

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it reached an agreement with Cemex Concretos, Inc. and Cemex de Puerto Rico, Inc. (CEMEX) to settle the companies’ violations of requirements to control stormwater discharges under the Clean Water Act. As part of the settlement announced in May 2014, the companies will provide more than 400 acres of land, which will be turned over to the Puerto Rico Department of Natural Resources to manage and preserve. The land, which is located in the North Karst region of Puerto Rico at the Espinosa and Maricao Wards of the municipality of Vega Alta, is estimated to have a market value of over $2.3 million. The companies will also pay a penalty of $360,000.

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PROTECT seeks to better understand the phenomena affecting fate and transport of hazardous substances in karstic aquifers and to develop green remediation strategies that attenuate and mitigate exposure to protect human health, specifically pregnant women and their children. Preserving karstic landscapes may help prevent additional contaminants from reaching the groundwater beneath the karst.