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Save The Bay concerned about metals-yard pollution

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SAVE THE BAY has again asked the state to shut down Rhode Island Recycled Metals, a scrap yard on Allens Avenue in Providence, until it has installed pollution controls at the site.
Posted 2/23/12

PROVIDENCE – Environmental group Save The Bay has renewed its concerns about potential pollution of the Providence River from runoff at the Rhode Island Recycled Metals salvage yard on Allens Avenue.

In a follow-up letter to his November request for the state to halt operations at the scrap metal business until environmental safeguards are put in place, Save the Bave Executive Director Jonathan Stone this week said Rhode Island Recycled Metals remains in violation of pollution regulations.

“The continuing absence of effective stormwater controls on the site, obvious regulatory violations occurring each time it rains, and the lack of containment or treatment of polluted runoff are clearly visible from the street and water,” Stone said in the Feb. 21 letter to the R.I. Department of Environmental Management and Coastal Resources Management Council.

Stone says that Rhode Island Recycled Metals has not put in required stormwater controls, that its operations threaten to damage a contamination cap and that its permit for breaking down the former Soviet sub Joliet 484 does not cover all of the current activities on the site.

Save The Bay has asked the state agencies to require the metal recycler to get a more stringent Individual Permit than the General Permit they have.

“It has been nearly two years since the scrap operations began, and a company representative has noted that it could take another 18 months before permanent stormwater controls are in place and operational,” the letter continued. “Save The Bay remains vey concerned about the damage being done to the Bay each time it rains.”

Management at Rhode Island Recycled Metals could not be immediately reached for comment Thursday. Department of Environmental Management Spokeswoman Gail Mastrati said the agency had not reviewed the letter yet and had no comment.

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