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The North Providence Breeze 07-11-2018

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JULY 11-17, 2018 NORTH PROVIDENCE 3 With $100 million settlement, cleanup of Woonasquatucket River a step closer NORTH PROVIDENCE – The U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management announced Monday that two sub- sidiaries of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc., Emhart Industries Inc. and Black & Decker, Inc., have agreed to clean up dioxin-contaminated sediment and soil at the Centredale Manor Restoration Project Superfund Site in North Providence and Johnston. "This settlement demonstrates the tremendous progress we are achiev- ing working with responsible par- ties, states, and our federal partners to expedite sites through the entire superfund remediation process," said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler. "The Centredale Manor Site has been on the National Priorities List for 18 years; we are taking charge and ensuring the agency makes good on its promise to clean it up for the betterment of the environment and those communities affected." Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Wood said the settlement "ends protracted litigation and allows for important work to get underway to restore a healthy environment for citizens living in and around the Centredale Manor Site and the Woonasquatucket River." EPA New England Regional Administrator Alexandra Dunn said officials "are excited to get to work on the cleanup at this site, and get it closer to the goal of being fully utilized by the North Providence and Johnston communities." RIDEM Director Janet Coit said the settlement "will speed up a rem- edy that protects public health and the river environment, and moves us closer to the day that we can reclaim recreational uses of this beautiful river resource." The settlement, which includes cleanup work in the Woonasquatucket River and border- ing residential and commercial prop- erties along the river, requires the companies to perform the remedy selected by EPA for the site in 2012, which is estimated to cost approxi- mately $100 million, and resolves longstanding litigation. The cleanup remedy includes excavation of contaminated sedi- ment and floodplain soil from the Woonasquatucket River, including from adjacent residential properties. Once the cleanup is completed, full access to the Woonasquatucket River should be restored for local citizens. The cleanup will be a step toward the state's goal of a fishable and swimmable river. The work will also include upgrading caps over contami- nated soil in the peninsula area of the site that currently house two high-rise apartment buildings. The settlement also ensures that the long-term moni- toring and maintenance of the site, as directed in the remedy, will be implemented to ensure that public health is protected. Litigation related to the site has been ongoing for nearly eight years. While the Federal District Court found Black & Decker and Emhart to be liable for their hazardous waste and responsible to conduct the cleanup of the site, it had also ruled that EPA needed to reconsider certain aspects of that cleanup. EPA appealed the decision requiring it to reconsider aspects of the cleanup. This settlement, once entered, will resolve the litigation between the United States, Rhode Island, and Emhart and Black and Decker, allow- ing the cleanup of the site to begin. The site spans a 1.5-mile stretch of the Woonasquatucket River and encompasses a nine-acre peninsula, two ponds and a significant forested wetland. From the 1940s to the early 1970s, Emhart's predecessor operated a chemical manufacturing facility on the peninsula and used a raw mate- rial that was contaminated. The prop- erty was also previously used by a barrel refurbisher. Elevated levels of dioxins and other contaminants have been detected in soil, groundwater, sediment, surface water and fish. Visit www.epa.gov/superfund/cen- tredale for more. This photo of the WOONASQUATUCKET RIVER cleanup site is from the EPA Superfund Management website. Mancini Center chowder dinner July 17 NORTH PROVIDENCE – The Salvatore Mancini Resource and Activity Center, 2 Atlantic Blvd., will hold a clamcake and chowder dinner, catered by Mickey G's, on Tuesday, July 17, at noon. Musical entertainment will be provided by Robert Black. Lunch is $10 per person, and tickets must be purchased in advance at the recep- tion desk, with a deadline of Friday, July 13. Summer bingo will be held on Wednesday, July 18, at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 401- 231-0742. Meet the Pirates at Smith-Appleby House SMITHFIELD – On Sunday, July 15, the Smith-Appleby House Museum, 220 Stillwater Road, will hold a "Meet the Pirates" event. Find hidden treasure and make a pirate ship to compete in sailing races. This free event for children begins at 1 p.m. House tours are also given 1-4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults. Paid for by Keven A. McKenna 182 School Street, Lincoln, RI 02802 Elect McKENNA Democrat Senator District 17 • Eliminate Life Terms For Judges • No Removal of Child From Mother • Protect Due Process

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