WESTERLY — An environmental marketing consultant has been employed to assist set up a remedial motion work plan for 4 chemically contaminated wastewater lagoons on the previous Bradford Dyeing Affiliation property.
Work on the plan follows failed efforts by the city to acquire grants for the work from each the state Division of Environmental Administration and the federal Environmental Safety Company. The property has been in receivership since 2018 when a Superior Court docket choose granted the city’s request for the court docket intervention, which is analogous to chapter.
John Dorsey, the lawyer serving as particular grasp within the receivership case, in a court docket submitting in January, mentioned polyfluoroalkyl substances had been discovered within the lagoons that had been used as a part of textile processing that occurred on the plant for many years.
“Sadly, the topic property was not awarded grant funding by way of the final a number of rounds of grant awards,” Dorsey wrote within the January doc, by which he requested a choose for permission to have interaction Tim Regan of Engineering & Land Improvement Companies of Windfall as environmental marketing consultant.
In accordance with Dorsey’s petition looking for permission to rent Regan as an environmental marketing consultant, Regan had beforehand assisted with web site evaluation on the former mill and had developed a proposed scope of labor for the grant functions. Regan previously labored for Westerly-based Cherenzia & Associates.
A portion of the property — however not the lagoons —was bought to Rockingham Property LLC, a Pawtucket-based firm, in June 2019. The corporate paid $325,000 for the property it bought. Your entire property will ultimately be transferred to Rockingham Property, Dorsey has mentioned.
Dorsey, who oversaw the sale, mentioned within the court docket submitting that he’s within the strategy of “transitioning possession” of the lagoons to Rockingham Estates. The work to be carried out by Regan will give the proprietor a plan for endeavor “a base degree of remediation of the polyfluoroalkyl substances,” Dorsey wrote.
Polyfluoroalkyl substances are a bunch of synthetic chemical substances which have been used because the Nineteen Fifties. PFAS include carbon, fluorine, and different components. They’ve been utilized in water-repellent clothes, stain resistant materials, and different industrial processes. In accordance with the federal Facilities for Illness Management’s web site, there may be proof suggesting excessive ranges of PFAS within the bloodstream may cause elevated levels of cholesterol, elevated liver enzymes, elevated danger of testicular or kidney most cancers, and different issues. PFAS can enter the bloodstream by way of contaminated consuming water, consuming fish caught from contaminated water, and different methods.
In 2016 a Superior Court docket choose ordered the lagoons to be closed. In a letter to Dorsey, Regan mentioned the “long-term treatment” proposed for the property entails dewatering the lagoons and treating or disposing of contaminated water in them, back-filling the lagoons with low-permeability materials to create a cap, and sampling groundwater periodically.
Regan and his firm will likely be paid $19,500 for his or her work as environmental consultants.
Dorsey and Stephen Izzi, who represented Rockingham Property LLC when one among its representatives appeared earlier than the Planning Board in November 2019, didn’t return messages looking for remark for this text.
The corporate has mentioned improvement of townhouse rental models, manufacturing, and a beer brewery for the property, which is adjoining to the Pawcatuck River. The plans would require the City Council to approve a rezone of the property, legal professionals have mentioned.
Rockingham Property is owned by Garfield and Rebecca Spencer. The couple is concerned with redevelopment of former mill websites in Pawtucket and in Connecticut.
The city petitioned for receivership after BPF Realty LLC, which owned the property after Bradford Dyeing Affiliation ceased operations, had struggled to pay property taxes and different payments. City officers mentioned they most popular receivership over foreclosures or a tax sale due to environmental considerations with the property.