NEW BRITAIN - Stanley Black & Decker and Emhart Industries have reached a $100 million settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to clean up a Superfund dite in Rhode Island.
The U.S. Department of Justice, the EPA and the the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management announced Monday that the two companies will clean up a contaminant at the Centredale Manor Restoration Project site in North Providence and Johnston, R.I. The site’s soil and sediment contain dioxin.
According to a press release from EPA, the settlement incorporates cleanup work in the Woonasquatucket River and its bordering residential and commercial properties. The agreement requires a remedy selected by EPA for the site in 2012, which is estimated to cost approximately $100 million, and resolves longstanding litigation.
The cleanup remedy includes excavation of contaminated sediment and floodplain soil from the Woonasquatucket River. When the cleanup is completed residents will be able to access the river.
The settlement includes long-term monitoring and maintenance of the site to ensure that public health is protected.
Tim Perra, of New Britain based Stanley Black & Decker said “We are pleased that our final agreement with the EPA regarding Centredale Manor will meet the clean-up goals at the site and the site will be removed from the EPA’s superfund list,” Perra said. “Resolving this matter is consistent with our recent investments of the company’s time, people, products, and money to create a more sustainable world.”
According to EPA’s press release, The Federal District Court found Black & Decker and Emhart to be liable for their hazardous waste. However, it also ruled that the EPA needed to reconsider some aspects of the cleanup.
“This settlement demonstrates the tremendous progress we are achieving working with responsible parties, states, and our federal partners to expedite sites through the entire Superfund remediation process,” EPA Acting Administrator, Andrew Wheeler, said. “The Centredale Manor Site has been on the National Priorities List for 18 years; we are taking charge and ensuring the Agency makes good on its promise to clean it up for the betterment of the environment and those communities affected.”
Associated Press reports were included in this story.