Environmental Protection

26 Agree to Clean up Soil at Great Lakes Container Site

Twenty-six parties have agreed to help clean up the Great Lakes Container Corp. Site in Coventry, R.I.

Under the settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the settling parties will further investigate and remove soil contaminated with hazardous substances at a cost of about $2 million. The parties will reimburse EPA $200,000 for its site investigation costs and pay for its oversight of the soil removal work.

The 27-acre site, located at 592 Arnold Road, is bordered by Lake Tiogue, undeveloped woodlands, residential properties and Coventry Landfill. From about 1961 to 1980, a series of companies ran a drum reconditioning business at the site. The drum reconditioning companies accepted drums containing waste chemical and oil residues. During the reconditioning process, the companies cleaned drums of the residues and disposed of them at the site.

Between 1982 and 2005, EPA investigated and confirmed the presence of volatile organic compounds, semi-volatile organic compounds, metals, pesticides, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and polychlorinated biphenyls.

The agreement went into effect June 8.

The 26 settling parties include:

  • Akzo Nobel Coatings; Avnet.; BP Products North America; Chevron Environmental Management Company; CNA Holdings; Cooley, Inc.; Cytec Industries;
  • Development Associates; Drake Petroleum Company; Eastern Color & Chemical Company; Electric Boat Corporation; Exxon Mobil Corporation; Greenhill, Inc.;
  • Hubbard Hall; Invesys; John H. Collins & Sons Company; John R. Hess & Company; Mallinckrodt; National Grid; Northeast Products Co.; Ross & Roberts; Shell Oil Company; Sunoco; Uniroyal Holding; Whittaker Corporation, and Zeneca.

For more information on the settlement and how to comment on cost reimbursement, visit http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-14651.pdf.

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