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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 08-08-2019

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10 CUMBERLAND AUGUST 8-14, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION CUMBERLAND – Though cleanup action at the Peterson/ Puritan Superfund site might appear slow, say representatives planning the work, there is actually plenty of activity going on behind Stop & Shop on Mendon Road. Early work includes removal of some 500 or more tires from the old landfill for off-site recycling, as well as extensive testing for parties to learn exactly what they're facing. An official cleanup plan is expect- ed to be submitted in the next couple of weeks based on that test- ing work, according to representa- tives from Woodard & Curran, the engineering firm doing a lot of the site work. A remedial action group repre- senting the responsible parties com- pleted early action activities on a former waste transfer site here, the Nunes Parcel, this spring and sum- mer. "This is not part of the Superfund remedy, but necessary to ensure the site remains safe and as aesthetically presentable as possible for the com- munity," said Alan Benevides, of Woodard & Curran. Other work being done this summer, according to Benevides includes: • Demolition of the abandoned transfer station structure; • Removal and replacement of the fencing and gate at the site entrance area; • Repairing of the fence at J.M. Mills Landfill; • Collection and dismantling of steel truck bodies and scrap tanks for removal; • Disassembling of concrete bun- ker sections for removal and/or recycling; • And grass seeding along travel routes. This work allows for travel routes to be widened up to and at the site and for vehicles to turn around, according to Benevides. The target site for the long- planned cleanup of the Peterson- Puritan property includes the for- mer J.M. Mills Landfill, the Nunes Parcel, an unnamed island in the Blackstone River, and adjacent wet- lands. The remedial action group doing the work is a small percentage of the businesses, companies and municipalities who were customers of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management's permitted landfill at the site during its 30 years of operation from 1954 to the 1980s. The 20-member group includes a number of local Rhode Island companies. Woodard & Curran was hired through the 20 responsible parties, and the company has been working on this project along with numerous vendors for quite some time. Benevides said even though it might look like there's not a lot going on during any given day, there's a lot of testing going on, including submitting samples to the Environmental Protection Agency to get a real sense of how far down the waste is, how far it's spread, and what's removable and what's not, so a plan can be submitted to really get the cleanup and covering of the site going. Alice Clemente, of the Blackstone River Watershed Council/Friends of the Blackstone, wrote in June that fieldwork included tests for gases, an inspection to determine whether any trash has spilled beyond the footprint of the site, and whether there has been any additional leach- ing. Another study, due by the end of the summer before the design phase, would determine the exact nature of the cap to be installed, taking into account what was learned during pre-design field work. The design phase could take up to two years, according to Clemente. Once cleanup and capping of this site is completed in the next few years, officials envision a public rec- reation area. A settlement reached in December of 2016 resolved federal and state liability claims against nearly 100 potentially responsible parties for the cleanup of the site. Under the settlement, 20 or so of the settling defendants became responsible for implementation of the remedy selected by EPA in 2015. The area being cleaned, known as Operable Unit Two, is located adjacent to the Blackstone River. The parcels containing waste mate- rial were owned and operated as a single landfill operation by Joseph and Linda Marszalkowski through their business J.M. Mills Inc. Over 30 years, some 2.1 million cubic yards of waste, much of it hazardous material, were disposed of at the site. Plan for contaminated Cumberland site due within days By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com Even though it might look like there's not a lot going on dur- ing any given day, there's a lot of testing going on, includ- ing submitting samples to the Environmental Protection Agency, according to Alan Benevides of the engineering firm Woodard & Curran. IN BRIEF Register for fall classes at OCYL CUMBERLAND – The Early Childhood Program at the Mayor's Office of Children, Youth and Learning has seats available for chil- dren for fall classes. There is space for children, ages 0-5, in the 9:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. adult/child music and movement classes, for 3 year olds in the 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. literacy classes, and in the 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. "Level B" Number Sense classes for the 2019- 20 school year. For dates, cost and to register, visit at www.ocyl.org . Additional early childhood pro- grams are available in preschool art, music and science for ages 4 and 5. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for assistance or if paying by cash. Financial assistance is avail- able for residents who qualify. With questions, call 401-475-0929, ext. 1, or email main.ocyl@gmail. com . OCYL is located behind the Cumberland Public Library at 1464 Diamond Hill Road, Suite 2, in Cumberland. Chamber presents 'Maximize Your Membership' Aug. 13 LINCOLN – On Tuesday, Aug. 13, the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 402, will hold a Maximize your Membership meeting from 8 to 9 a.m. Meet new members and learn how to utilize the Chamber's many services. This is a free event. For more information visit https://tinyurl. com/yyx2rdrj .

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