The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is once again responding to a chronic oil seep from historical underground sources entering into a storm water sewer thru cracks in the pipe. The sewer is discharging the accumulated oil into the Caribbean Sea.
Excessive rain from Hurricane Dorian dislodged the engineering controls which had been in place to restrain the oil flow.
This project is being conducted under the authority of the Clean Water Act and the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA90).
The Site is located along roadway PR-127 in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico. The storm water sewer lies along the southern side of the road and discharges into a mangrove shoreline bordering Guayanilla Bay.
USEPA previously provided technical assistance to the United States Coast Guard (USCG) under a Pollution Removal Funding Authorization (PRFA) assigned to Federal Project Number (FPN) # M13011 (EPA site ID # Z2B9).
The USCG had passed the lead to EPA. EPA continued the investigation under FPN E13204 (EPA site ID # Z2BB)
Refer to this website: response.epa.gov/Guayanillaoil for previous actions.
The current FPN is E19205.