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Rhode Island DEM/TLA-Pond View Closure
The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is actively engaged in the closure of the Trans-Load America (TLA) facility. This web site provides information and updates on the closure of the former construction and demolition debris processing facility located at 1 Dexter Road in East Providence, Rhode Island.
DEM conducted inspections at the TLA-Pond View on the following dates:
Summary and Background
In order to monitor conditions at the site and the progress of the closure, the Department is conducting regular inspections and is actively participating in the legal proceedings related to the Receivership, with a goal of seeing the required closure take place as efficiently as possible.
Regular DEM inspections of the site are continuing, and no evidence of further disposal or additional issues have been uncovered. DEM inspectors have examined and measured the piles on many occasions and have seen no evidence of any wastes other than the construction and demolition debris that TLA/Pond View was licensed to handle when it was an active facility. There are no toxic or hazardous wastes on the site. The inspectors have also been specifically looking for any evidence that additional disposal had occurred at the site and have seen no evidence of this. What remains are the piles left when the facility ceased business operation. There is no evidence of a public health emergency being posed by this site.
TLA/Pond View was put into Receivership in March, 2012. Since then much of the financial and operational control of the facility has been the subject of many hearings in Rhode Island Superior Court, and that process continues to unfold under the jurisdiction of the courts. As part of that litigation, DEM is working with the receiver and bonding company on the scope and timetable for completing the removal of the construction and demolition debris left at the facility.
The closure requirements were a part of the license issued to the facility and DEM will continue to oversee the closure, including the disbursement of the bond funds dedicated to finance the closure until it is completed. Our aim is to see a successful closure plan implemented no later than this spring.
There is a court order in place stating that no solid waste activity may take place on the property. However there are activities that can be done on the site that are not directly related to solid waste; activities that DEM does not regulate. We have received many complaints concerning general access, truck traffic, and moving equipment on the site and which are outside of our jurisdiction and not subject to the court order. Some of these issues may be subject to local ordinances, but DEM does not have jurisdiction to respond to these issues and have seen no evidence that anything done on the site has interfered with the planned closure of the facility or created any environmental issues.
Regular weekly updates on the condition of the facility and progress toward completing the closure will be posted on this site until closure is complete.