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Puerto Rico targets abandoned petrochemical site

November 13, 2013

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico says it will demolish and clean up a long-abandoned petrochemical site near the island’s south coast as part of an $8 million private investment.

Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla says crews will remove more than 50 tons (45 metric tons) of metal and aging infrastructure spanning some 40 acres (16 hectares) as part of a project expected to create more than 140 jobs.

He said Wednesday that Penuelas-based Commonwealth Oil Refining Company Inc. has pledged to help clean up another 30 acres (12 hectares).

Residents in the area have long complained about the site’s deteriorated state after it closed during the 1980s.

Garcia said he hopes to clear the land for other types of development including renewable energy projects.

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