A Providence waste handler has agreed to remove hazardous chemicals from 60 schools in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The cleanup is part of a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency.
The schools have nothing to do with alleged EPA violations by Northland Environmental and its parent company PSC Environmental Services. But in the settlement, the company is doing a type of community service by agreeing to help the schools by packing up and removing unwanted waste, training teachers on how to handle waste, and buying schools safety equipment, such as eye washes and cabinets for flammable chemicals.
The EPA claims Northland failed to properly maintain hazardous waste tanks at its Providence facility, and stored certain hazardous materials next to each other causing the potential for fires or explosions.
The EPA says Northland quickly came into compliance once it was notified of the violations.