Watershed group offers more details on Peterson Puritan cleanup

Watershed group offers more details on Peterson Puritan cleanup

On behalf of the Blackstone River Watershed Council/Friends of the Blackstone, I want to thank The Valley Breeze for its timely article on the Peterson Puritan Superfund Site and also to add some information on the current status of the site’s remediation. BRWC/FOB provides this information as the holder of an EPA technical assistance grant awarded to the Council in 2010 to hire an engineering firm to provide the technical support needed to meaningfully review and comment on the remediation process at each step along the way and also to provide information to the general public. BRWC/FOB has continued to provide this information in its annual newsletter and on its website.

Since the signing of the consent decree by the federal judge holding the potentially reliable parties accountable for over $40 million dollars in cleanup of the site, the remediation process has been in the pre-design phase, with little to report to the public along the way, but a report on the field work done during this period has now been finalized. We can now tell your readers that, among other things, the field work has included tests for gases, an inspection to determine whether any of the trash has spilled beyond the footprint, and whether there has been any additional leachate.

Before the remedial design phase begins, another study must yet be finalized concerning the exact nature of the cap to be installed (layers, etc.), taking into account what was learned during the pre-design field work. The hope is to have that done by the end of summer. When that is finished, a work plan for the next phase will be drawn up. The design phase itself may take up to a possible two years.

BRWC/FOB’s TAG contract with the federal government has recently been extended to Oct. 31, 2022. We will continue to provide updates on our website (www.blackstoneriver.org) and respond to the best of our ability to whatever questions your readers may have.

Alice R. Clemente
TAG project manager for BRWC/FOB