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News Release

RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade St., Providence, RI 02908
(401) 222-2771 TDD/(401) 222-4462

For Release:

August 11, 2000

Media Contact:

Stephanie Powell 222-4700 ext. 4418


PROVIDENCE - As ordered by Superior Court Judge Frank Williams, a plan to abate the odors emanating from the Recchia property at 90 Mill in Johnston was developed and agreed to by the respondent, his consultants and the Department of Environmental Management today. The respondent has retained the services of an environmental response contractor, Clean Harbors and an environmental consultant, Alternative Resources.

It was agreed that the respondent's contractor shall immediately institute measures to abate the hydrogen sulfide odors. These immediate measures will include the sealing of a series of fissures that are contributing to the odor. These fissures will be filled with bentonite grout; a layer of plastic sheeting will be placed over the area to impede the migration of the offensive odors. Similar measures are being employed in an area where leachate and odors have been confirmed.

The Department will monitor the effectiveness of these efforts. These measures are considered to be the first level of action in the odor response plan for the facility. Additional secondary level odor control options are being evaluated and will be ready to be implemented, if needed, as early as August 16th.

The Department and the Office of the Attorney General will return to Superior Court on August 23 to address the remaining solid waste and wetland issues.

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