Settlement Reached at Davis Liquid Waste Superfund Site in Rhode Island

Defendants now responsible for groundwater cleanup at site, future costs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it has reached a settlement with respect to the Davis Liquid Waste Superfund Site in Smithfield, R.I. Pursuant to the settlement, the defendants—which include Ashland Inc., Black and Decker Corp., FKI Industries Inc., and more—are to implement groundwater cleanup at the site and also fund 100% of future response costs, including oversight costs. The settlement agreement was signed by multiple settling defendants, EPA, the state of Rhode Island and the U.S. Department of Justice.

“This settlement is good news for the citizens of Smithfield because now cleanup efforts will be able to proceed apace,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of EPA’s New England office.

Added Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin: “The settlement announced allows the state to finally move forward with a plan and much needed funding to remediate the environmental damage caused by years of dumping hazardous chemical wastes at the Davis site.”

In 1992, the Office of Attorney General initiated a suit against William Davis, requiring the removal of millions of tires that had been disposed at the site as far back as the 1970s. The last of the tires was removed in 2000.

The major contaminants of concern in the overburden and bedrock groundwater include volatile organic compounds (such as tetrachlorethene and trichloroethene), semi-volatile organic compounds, pesticides and metals (such as arsenic and manganese).


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