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Setting Standards, Managing Risks

Projects

Emergency Response

Environmental Remediation and Construction

Industrial Services

Hurricane Irma & Maria


Puerto Rico / U.S. Virgin Islands

USEPA Region 2

2017-2018

ER was issued an Emergency Support Function (ESF) Immediate Response to conduct remediation and removal of hazardous waste, household hazardous waste (HHW), medical waste, and electronics waste, following the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on the U.S. Virgin Islands (V.I.) and Puerto Rico. A small team mobilized to the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) within 72 hours.Ninety-six (96) personnel were mobilized to investigate, conduct remediation efforts, and completed the response within seven months.

More than 50,000 pieces of HHW and 150,000 pieces of E-Waste were recovered for recycling. ER delivered over 74,800 labor hours on this response with no lost time accident.

Temporary facilities were strategically constructed for on-site chemical assessment/collection of unknown materials and a wide variety of HTRW chemical and physical testing was performed to identify, quantify, and profile waste containers for manifest packages. Fifteen hazardous/special waste streams were re-packaged, consolidated then transported, and disposed at approved facilities meeting all regulations.

 A total of 132,395 pounds of medical waste; 400,000 pounds of e-waste; 28,350 gallons of liquid waste; and 77,780 pounds of solid hazardous and non-hazardous waste was managed, with approximately 75% of this waste being reused, recycled, and/or reclaimed rather than being place in a landfill.

Crews coordinated with USACE, FEMA, USEPA, USCG, and local authorities on the islands to facilitate resources to accomplish assigned tasks.