Rhode Island has received $1 million dollars from the Environmental Protection Agency to help clean up local brownfields; areas contaminated by toxic substances. The money will go toward cleaning up areas in Pawtucket, Central Falls and Providence.
A majority of that money will be used to clean up three vacant lots in Pawtucket. The former residential land is contaminated with metals and chemicals created when things like oil, gas and garbage are burned, but not completely. The effects of these chemicals on humans is currently unknown, but extended exposure has been found to cause tumors in lab animals.
The land is intended to be turned into rental housing once cleanup is complete. The rest of the EPA money will go toward cleaning up a former manufacturing plant in Central Falls and a chunk of vacant I-195 land in Providence.
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