CONCORD, Mass. – Chevron Environmental Management Company/Chevron Land and Development Company is seeking a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct work in waters of the United States in conjunction with remediation of open water and wetlands in East Providence, Rhode Island.
The Chevron property at 431 Veterans Memorial Parkway was originally developed as a fuel terminal in the early 20th Century. As part of Chevron’s on-going remediation efforts, the Department of Environmental Management has determined that a freshwater open water/wetland on site, which is 26,000 square feet in size, is contaminated with Light Non-Aqueous Phase Liquids (LNAPL) and in need of remediation. The resource is highly degraded and will be entirely eliminated in remediating the LNAPLs.
In order to perform the remediation of contamination of the Chevron/Village on the waterfront property, the city of East Providence has required that an indirect access route be used that does not call for increased truck traffic along Veterans Memorial Parkway. The proposed access road will follow an existing paved access drive and the connecting railroad easement that extends south and east across much of the subject property.
In order to make the railroad line passable by heavy trucks and appropriate road vehicles, four to six inches of stone will be applied to the existing railroad bed to create a passable and stable driving surface approximately 30 feet in width. The edge of a freshwater wetland currently encroaches on the area of the proposed access route. The proposed access route will therefore result in the elimination of approximately 23,500 square feet of this wetland. All wetland areas that fall outside the railroad track and/or easement will remain unimpacted by this project.
The applicant also proposes the restoration of the approximately 23,500 square foot Squantum Pond and adjacent wetlands in Squantum Woods Park, south of the Chevron site. The proposed restoration work includes the removal of accumulated sediment, chemical treatment and mechanical removal of invasive Common Reed from within the pond, and the repair and/or replacement if needed of the existing overflow weir and outlet control structure.
This remediation and access road are proposed in unnamed water bodies at 431 Veterans Memorial Parkway in East Providence. The pond restoration is proposed in Squantum Pond A.P. 209, Block 3, Lot 4 along Veterans Memorial Parkway.
The application for the federal permit was filed with the Corps of Engineers in compliance with Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, which regulates the discharge or fill of material in United States waters, including
wetlands. The public notice with more detailed information can be viewed on the Corps website at http://www.nae.usace.army.mil. Select Regulatory/Permitting and then weekly public notices.
Public comments on the Corps permit review (File # NAE-2010-1057) should be forwarded no later than June 9, 2011 to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District, Regulatory Division (ATTN: Michael Riccio), 696 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742-2751. Additional information is available from Permit Project Manager Michael Riccio at 978-318-8685 or toll free 800-343-4789 or 800-362-4367 (if calling from within Massachusetts) or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.