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Wanskuck Mills

Wanskuck Mills

The Wanskuck Mills Power Plant building consists of a power mill for the former Wanskuck Mills complex located in a mixed residential, commercial and industrial area of Providence, RI. It no longer operates and is in disrepair. At the request of the Providence Fire Department in June 2007, EPA inspected the site with RI Department of Environmental Management representatives. Numerous 55- and 30-gallon drums and 5-gallon pails had labels indicating hazardous contents. Such hazards included xylene, methyl ethyl ketone, ethyl benzene and toluene. Samples from four 55-gallon drums indicated the presence of solvents such as methyl ethyl ketone (7,110 ppm), ethylbenzene (10,610 ppm), xylene (65,090 ppm), and toluene (186,670 ppm or 18.6 percent). An analysis of a potential asbestos-containing material (ACM) indicated the presence of 25 percent amosite and 5 percent chrysotile asbestos.

On April 24, 2008, an EPA order went into effect, and the potentially responsible party hired a contractor to conduct the work. They also submitted a health and safety plan, a work plan and a community relations plan. By June, EPA approved these plans and requested that work on the site begin.

On October 21, 2008, Triumvirate Environmental removed the 5-gallon pails and all of the 55-gallon drums, except for 12 on the second floor. On October 30, 2008, Triumvirate returned to the site and removed all of the remaining 55-gallon drums. In June 2009, EPA formally closed out the site.

Location: 715R Branch Avenue, Providence, RI
EPA Mobilization Date*: 08/11/2008
EPA Demobilization Date*: 05/28/2009
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

*The information contained on this website is merely informational; any dates found on the website cannot be relied upon to create any rights, substantive or procedural, enforceable by any party in litigation with the United States. EPA reserves the right to change such dates at any time without public notice.

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