Archive - Aug 2011
WOONSOCKET â€“ The demolition company whose work at an old mill site was blamed for causing a major sewage spill into the Blackstone River last week did not have an active â€śDig Safeâ€ť clearance for the job, as required by state law, city officials say.
A notice alleging a violation by Coventry Building & Wrecking was sent to the state Division of Public Utilities and Carriers Tuesday, said Michael Debroisse, the city's solid waste superintendent.
WOONSOCKET â€” Despite the expectations of some local lawmakers, the General Assembly set aside barely enough money in the state budget to make a dent in an ambitious rehabilitation plan that's been mapped out for ailing World War II Veterans Memorial State Park.
Among other things, that means inner-city kids who had been expecting a â€śsplash parkâ€ť to replace now-drained Social Ocean as early as this season probably won't see one next summer, either, says Robert Paquette, chief of recreation for the state Department of Environmental Management.
WOONSOCKET â€” Nearly a million gallons of partially treated sewage is thought to have spilled into the Blackstone River when a demolition crew at the burnt-out Seville Dyeing site accidentally ruptured an underground sewer main Friday afternoon, the state environmental agency said.
The effluent is believed to have been streaming unchecked from the broken main for more than 48 hours before a neighbor noticed and called the city's water department, said Angelo Liberti, chief of surface water protection for the state Department of Environmental Management.