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Barceloneta Landfill

By Environmental Protection Agency

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Book Id: WPLBN0000029391
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Reproduction Date: 2007
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Title: Barceloneta Landfill  
Author: Environmental Protection Agency
Language: English
Subject: Ecology, Natural resource issues, Environemtal protection
Collections: Environmental Awareness Library Collection
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Publisher: United States Environmental Protection Agency


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Excerpt: The 20-acre Barceloneta Landfill site is an active landfill. About 300 tons of hazardous waste has been placed into the three sinkholes which comprise the landfill, some of these are 100 feet deep. No artificial or natural barrier exists to keep wastes from moving into the groundwater; the limestone formations underlying the site could promote the rapid transport of contaminants. Groundwater is the drinking source in the area and is also used for irrigation. No contamination has been found off site. The surrounding area is commercial, residential, and agricultural. Approximately 12,000 people live within a 3-mile radius of the site, and the nearest home is about 500 feet away. Area residents used the site for scavenging and for driving all-terrain vehicles. People swim and fish in Quebrada Cimarrona, a stream located on the site.

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