Neighbors of Tidewater plant frustrated over lack of answers

Neighbors of Tidewater plant frustrated over lack of answers

PAWTUCKET - Bryant O'Neill still had just one key question for officials: "How do I get peace of mind so I can be comfortable in my own home and know that I'm not in danger?"

It's a pretty basic wish, says the Thornton Street resident, and one that is far from being satisfied.

O'Neill and dozens of other concerned citizens, both neighborhood residents and parents of students in area schools, turned out for a public information session and update on the progress of the Tidewater Environmental Project last week.

People don't want to hear that the pollution from the old manufactured gas plant and electric facility "likely" flows only toward the river, said O'Neill. They don't to hear that contamination "probably" isn't hurting anyone.

"At the end of the day, I just want what I think any other person would want, just to feel safe at their homes, you know, put my kids to bed and know that they're OK, you know, that they're breathing in fresh air," he told The Breeze.


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