EPA: 26 parties involved in Coventry cleanup

Coventry, R.I. – Federal environmental officials say 26 parties have agreed to help clean up the Great Lakes Container Corp. site in Coventry.

Under the settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency, the parties will investigate and remove soil contaminated with hazardous substances at a cost of about $2 million.

The 27-acre site on Arnold Road was used from 1961 to 1980 as a drum reconditioning business, in which drums containing waste chemical and oil residues were cleaned and the waste disposed of at the site.

The EPA has confirmed the presence of volatile organic compounds, semi-volatile organic compounds, metals, pesticides polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and polychlorinated biphenyls at the site, which is bordered by a lake, undeveloped woodlands, residential properties and a landfill.