16 December 2011

Environmentalists urge scrap yard to clean up their act:

Save the Bay is urging state environmental agencies to take immediate action to end what they say are ongoing violations at Rhode Island Recycled Metals in Providence. The company operates a scrap yard and shipbreaking facility on Allens Avenue that Save the Bay claims represents a serious and ongoing source of pollution to the Providence River and its surrounding neighborhood.

Environmentalists say every time it rains the discharge from the facility violates the Clean Water Act. Save the Bay is urging the Department of Environmental Management and the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council to take immediate action to bring the facility into full compliance with the law and all applicable permits.

Rhode Island Recycled Metals General Manager Eddie Sciaba tells WPRO News that the company has been working closely with the DEM and RICRMC to implement a plan. He adds they have had several inspections, have not been fined and are in compliance with the laws.

More, with WPRO's Carolyn Cronin.

Source: WPRO News. By Carolyn Cronin. 29 November 2011

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