DEM Sets Public Meeting to Discuss Island Park Digging
The Department of Environmental Management will hold a meeting, giving residents the chance to ask questions regarding the recapping of the old town landfill.
The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) will hold a public meeting for residents who wish to ask questions regarding the digging at the site of the old town landfill.
AP Enterprises, the private owner of the land at Park and Mason avenues, is recapping this land that once housed the town's landfill.
The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, according to Town Administrator Robert Driscoll.
The meeting will be open to the public. Portsmouth residents are encouraged to attend this meeting to ask questions regarding the project in Island Park.
Many residents, including town councilors, have raised questions about this recapping project.
The town council is also expected to discuss the project at its meeting tonight, which will begin at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
Judi Staven, a member of the Portsmouth Town Council, requested to hold the discussion after spotting a legal notice published Wednesday in the Providence Journal.
AP Enterprise Inc. is seeking a change to a previously-approved BUDA (Beneficial Use Determination Approval) for the site of the former town landfill at Island Park. According to the legal notice, AP Enterprise wants approval to seek a different maximum arsenic concentration.
In September, Arthur Palmer, the manager of AP Enterprise LLC in Wakefield, was sent a Beneficial Use Determination Approval, or BUDA, by the Office of Waste Management.
The BUDA outlines the guidelines for recapping the site, according to the Department of Environmental Management. The complete guideline on what must be done to recap the site can be found in this document.
To view the BUDA in its entirely, click here.