Rhode Island's Congressional delegation has announced more than $2.7 million in federal grants to clean up contaminated 'Brownfield' locations in the state.
The grants are part of a larger, $17.5 million dollar package for all of New England.
A 'brownfield' site is property where expansion or redevelopment has been made more complicated by hazardous substances, or pollutants.The Brownfields Program is administered by the Environmental Protection Agency, to assist states in cleaning up these sites. The following federal brownfield cleanup and redevelopment grants have been awarded (descriptions provided by Senator Jack Reed's office):
60 King Street, Inc.: $200,000
Hazardous substances grant funds will be used to clean up the former Imperial Knife Company facility at 60 King Street in Providence. The site operated as the headquarters for the Imperial Knife Company, a manufacturer of hunting and pocket knives. The site is contaminated with trichloroethylene.
I-195 Redevelopment District Commission: $200,000
Site-specific hazardous substances grant funds will be used to conduct a Phase II environmental site assessment and develop a cleanup plan for 26 acres of vacant land within the I-195 Redevelopment District in Providence. Since the 1950s, this land was used for elevated and non-elevated portions of Interstate 195 until the site was decommissioned during the last several years. Prior to that, the site was occupied by various industrial and manufacturing entities. Grant funds also will be used to support community outreach activities.
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM): $200,000
Community-wide hazardous substances grant funds will be used to conduct four Phase I and four Phase II environmental site assessments.
Community-wide hazardous substances grant funds will be used to perform 10 Phase I and five Phase II environmental site assessments. Grant funds also will be used to conduct community involvement activities, including development of a community relations plan to build capacity of the local community and involve it in the identification and prioritization of potential brownfield sites.
Pawtucket Redevelopment Agency: $700,000
The Pawtucket Redevelopment Agency will receive a brownfields revolving loan fund coalition grant. The grant will be used to capitalize a revolving loan fund from which the Pawtucket Redevelopment Agency will provide loans and subgrants to support cleanup activities for sites contaminated with hazardous substances. Grant funds also will be used for program marketing and community outreach activities. The Redevelopment Agency's coalition partner is the City of Central Falls.
Olneyville Housing Corporation: $411,685
Hazardous substances grant funds will be used to clean up three sites in the Paragon Mills Complex in Providence: Lot 432/former filling station site at 148 Delaine Street, Lot 443/parking area at 31 Manton Avenue, and Lot 573/Mill Buildings at 39 Manton Avenue. The former textile mill complex dates from the 1890s through the early 1950s and has fallen into disrepair. The three cleanup sites are contaminated with semi-volatile organic compounds and metals.
Pawtucket Citizens Development Corporation: $400,000
Hazardous substances grant funds will be used to clean up Plat 6A-Lot 1 located at 30 Branch Street and Plat 6A-Lot 2 located at 41 Branch Street. Both sites were used for residential purposes from the late 1800s until the 1970s. The buildings have since been demolished, and the sites have been subject to illegal dumping and the overgrowth of invasive scrub vegetation. Contamination is believed to have come from residential heating systems, building debris, and other urban fill materials. Contaminants of concern include heavy metals and other hazardous substances. Grant funds also will be used to conduct community outreach activities.
Providence Redevelopment Agency: $400,000
Hazardous substances grant funds will be used to clean up Parcels A and B of the former American Tourister property located at 70 Houghton Street. Since 1876, the site was used to manufacture cotton and worsted wool clothes. The mill went through a variety of owners and eventually ended up as part of the American Tourister Company in 1978. After changing hands several more times in the 1990s, the mill became vacant. Contamination at the site includes heavy metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and volatile organic compounds. Grant funds also will be used to conduct community outreach activities.