May 20, 2019

Historical park established in Blackstone Valley

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Blackstone River Valley is the newest national historical park.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed has been pushing a plan for a Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park for years. The president signed the Rhode Island Democrat’s legislation establishing the park Friday.

The park is along the Blackstone River and includes significant sites in old mill towns and buildings. The Old Slater Mill in Pawtucket, Rhode Island is the first successful cotton-spinning factory in the United States. Sites in North Smithfield and Cumberland, Rhode Island, and Whitinsville and Hopedale, Massachusetts, are also included.

Reed says the Blackstone Valley is a national treasure that is getting the recognition it deserves.

The area is already home to a national heritage corridor that links communities along the Blackstone River from Worcester, Massachusetts, to Providence.

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Historical park established in Blackstone Valley

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