January 18, 2020

EPA has $40 million cleanup plan for river site

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A federal plan to clean up a Superfund site along the Blackstone River in Cumberland and Lincoln would cost more than $40 million.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency project manager David Newton tells The Providence Journal (http://bit.ly/UF2S6H ) the plan addresses contaminants that continue to leak into the river from the 980-acre site, which used to be home to the Peterson/Puritan aerosol products plant.

A rail accident in 1974 resulted in a large chemical spill at the site, which was also contaminated by municipal waste dumped at the adjoining J.M. Mills Landfill.

The plan, which was released Thursday, calls for capping the former landfill, razing a truck garage and other structures, excavating contaminated soil and other measures.

The EPA says businesses responsible for the contamination would pay for the clean up.

Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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EPA has $40 million cleanup plan for river site