Contaminated soil removal begins soon in Tiverton

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The new engineer tasked with clearing away contaminated soil from a Tiverton neighborhood says residents should start seeing work crews soon.

Robert Hoffman says he's going through field books and soil samples to get a handle on where to begin.

"They had taken approximately 9,000 samples, so we've got to recreate where the 9,000 samples were taken," says Hoffman.

Contamination by the utility Southern Union was discovered back in 2002. And cleanup work came to a halt last August when the firm contracted the project filed for bankruptcy. Hoffman says he understands residents' frustration. "It's been a painful process for all of them, they've been left in shambles and they've been given promises before. So all we can do is the best engineering job we can and move forward," he says.

Hoffman will tackle four to five lots at a time, and he hopes to start the work by May 1st.

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