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Bradford Printing & Finishing

Bradford Printing & Finishing, Westerly, RI

On a request from the RI Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) and the town of Westerly, EPA investigated a potential release of hazardous substances at the Bradford Printing & Finishing facility. The Bradford facility was a textile finishing plant from 1911 until 2012, when it went bankrupt. The site, zoned commercial, contained several buildings and wastewater ponds over several acres. It had suffered fires and flooding, including a large fire in 2007, heavy flooding in 2010 and another fire in 2012. The majority of items of concern were in the old mill building on the bank of the Pawcatuck River and in a lab inside the larger printing building a few hundred feet south of the river. Several hundred containers of highly flammable liquid, dyes with high concentrations of heavy metals and chromium, corrosives, elemental mercury, acids, bases and unknowns were stored close to one another and many containers were visibly leaking.

With Hurricane Sandy expected to arrive any day, EPA worked with RIDEM and the Westerly fire chief as well as representatives of the facility owner to evaluate site conditions and form a cleanup plan. Beginning Oct. 27, 2012, EPA contractors worked to segregate 600 containers and put them in temporary secure storage on high ground at the site. EPA issued several violations and an order against Bradford Printing & Finishing. In Jan. 2013, containers were segregated and consolidated, then loaded onto tractor trailers and transported off-site for disposal. All equipment then left the site and the cleanup was complete.

Location: Westerly, RI
EPA Mobilization Date*: Oct. 27, 2012
EPA Demobilization Date*: Jan. 21, 2013
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

*The information contained on this website is merely informational; any dates found on the website cannot be relied upon to create any rights, substantive or procedural, enforceable by any party in litigation with the United States. EPA reserves the right to change such dates at any time without public notice.

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