East Providence City Council provides update on Pond View/Dexter Road cleanup

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EAST PROVIDENCE — At its meeting Tuesday night, June 18, Ward 1 representative James Briden and Solicitor Timothy Chapman provided the East Providence City Council with an update on the status of the cleanup procedures underway at the former TLA/Pond View recycling plant located at 1 Dexter Road in Rumford.

Mr. Briden, the Council President and Mayor, told his colleagues Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Director Janet Coit informed him the cleanup was running as scheduled. Mr. Briden also said the DEM had uploaded packets of information to its website, including a substantial document answering questions submitted by interested parties and a detailed diary recapping the process.

Mr. Briden noted as of Friday, June 14, the equivalent of "13 railcars" had removed over "13,000 tons" of debris from the site.

Mr. Chapman told the Council he personally visited the site on Monday, June 17, to assess the progress of the cleanup. He was told "one-third" of the debris had been removed from the property. He said the cleanup was in its fourth week and was on schedule to be completed by the required date of Aug. 21.

In addition, Mr. Chapman said two notices of violation had been sent to the proprietors of the land. One of the violations, for unauthorized signage, had been dismissed after the sign was taken down. A second violation sent to Kenlin Properties LLC for failure to "cease and desist" junk and salvage activities was set for a July 25 hearing in East Providence Municipal Court.

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