Some residents in East Providence thought they won a victory back in 2012, when the Department of Environmental Management shut down a recycling center called TLA Pond View. But now a different company that operates at that site is also facing complaints.
The state fire marshal ordered Railside Environmental Services, LLC to stop bringing new recyclables into its East Providence facility. Deputy fire marshal Richard James said the company, also known as RES Recycling, has to truck out existing materials due to the large piles of debris.
“It created a major fire hazard," said James. "Large amount of recyclables existed on the site and the improper storage of combustible materials."
James said the company has to comply with fire codes, before the state fire marshal lifts its restrictions.
Ken Schneider, co-president of the East Providence Coalition, said nothing has changed in the neighborhood since TLA Pond View was shut down. “Well, it went from Pondview back in 1998 to TLA Pondview back to Pondview to RES Recycling, but it’s been the same cast of characters,” said Schneider.
The Department of Environmental Management has also issued a notice of violation, but said it can’t share why because it’s a pending legal matter.
However, Ken Foley, the property owner and operator of RES Recyling, said the DEM issued a cease and desist order. He said neighbors are constantly complaining about odors, noise, and dust emanating from his facility.
“We are not that monster that they are portraying me to be," said Foley. "And I invite—I’ve got an open gate. You come down here any day of the week when we’re in full operation. There’s no smell, there’s no noise, there’s no dust. There’s just a few neighbors who…not in my backyard kind of a thing.”
Foley said he has resolved most of the issues raised by both the state fire marshal and state environmental officials. Foley has appealed the DEM’s cease and desist order. He’s waiting for the court to hear his appeal.
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