Friday, July 13, 2018

$100M settlement will speed cleanup of North Providence, Johnston Superfund site

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A $100-million settlement reached with two subsidiaries of Stanley Black & Decker Inc. — Emhart Industries Inc. and Black & Decker Inc. — will speed the cleanup of dioxin-contaminated sediment and soil at the Centredale Manor Restoration Project Superfund Site in North Providence and Johnston, authorities said Monday.
The U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Environmental Management announced the settlement Monday.
The site, located at 2072 and 2074 Smith St. in North Providence, is contaminated with dioxin and other contaminants from chemical production and drum reconditioning that took place from the 1940s to the 1970s. The site spans a one-and-a-half-mile stretch of the Woonasquatucket River and encompasses a nine-acre peninsula, two ponds and forested wetland.
From the 1940s to the early 1970s, Emhart’s predecessor operated a chemical manufacturing facility on the peninsula and used a raw material that was contaminated with a toxic form of dioxin. The property 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.

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