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Caneel Bay Cleanup Estimated To Cost $6 Million

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Cleaning up hazardous wastes from the grounds of Caneel Bay Resort at Virgin Islands National Park in St. John, U.S Virgin Islands is estimated at $6 million, a report said.

More studies are being planned for the winter ahead to ensure there aren’t other harmful wastes to get removed from the site.

Environmental tests found a wide range of waste that could be harmful to humans in the eight acres of the resort.

This test revealed different levels of arsenic, elevated levels of pesticides, and the “mixture of benign organic materials, plastics, metals, and CERCLA (Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act) hazardous substances, including the pesticide DDT and polychlorinated biphenyls.”

Among the locations surveyed is an area used for many years as a dump to store “all types of wastes from the resort, including sewage sludge”.

In the plans announced this week, more than 20,000 cubic yards of soil contaminated with pesticides and other metals will be removed from the site.

Another 4,000 yards of soils that are free of contaminants would be brought in to support vegetation in areas where contaminated soil would be removed. The monitoring of the reclaimed areas will be conducted for five years.

In the winter, studies will be conducted to determine if there was any groundwater contamination and if dangerous levels of asbestos or lead have been released into the air.

The planned clean-up has put a halt to discussions with CBI Acquisitions on an agreement on an operating lease for the resort, which will be in effect by the 4th quarter in 2023.

CBI Acquisitions has been operating Caneel Bay Resort since 2004 under the Retained Use Estate agreement (RUE), which the late Laurence S. Rockefeller dictated in 1983. According to Rockefeller’s wishes, the resort was handed over entirely to Park Service in September 2023.

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