The state of Rhode Island and a scrap metal recycler have reached an agreement through a court order to address pollution on the Providence waterfront. The state recently sued Rhode Island Recycled Metals for failing to comply with environmental rules.
David Chopy, chief of the Department of Environmental Management’s Office of Compliance and Inspection, said the state is concerned that the company doesn’t have enough money to do the required cleanup.
“That's why we're asking them for all of their financial records, so we can try to figure out whether they actually have the ability to do the cleanup that's needed.”
Chopy said if the company can’t afford the cleanup, it could land in bankruptcy.
The Providence scrap metal recycler has 30 days to complete a first round of environmental cleanup at its property and start “characterizing and identifying the types of materials that are on the property, what's considered waste material, what's hazardous waste, what's recyclable,” said Chopy.
The court order restricts the company to bringing metal in and out of its waterfront property. The company will have to remove all the trash from the site and work with a consultant to develop a long-term cleanup plan, which includes re-establishing a cap of clean soil for this former Superfund site.
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