Another polluting business wants to operate on the Southside. On 2/29, 12-3pm, meeting outside the Washington Park Library, you can doorknock with No LNG in PVD to let people in the neighborhood know what’s going on and what they can do about it. Spanish and English speakers needed! RSVP-ing would be good: use the Facebook event to sign up or email me at my gmail address, publiclycomplex, with questions.
WHAT IS IT THIS TIME?
Truck exhaust and toxic dust in the air, and garbage juice in the water, from a new scrapyard company that is trying to build on Allens Avenue—unless we stop them.
188 or more trucks–probably diesel trucks—would go to and from the scrapyard every day, on and off the highway. When they can’t unload right away, they will circle the Allens Avenue area, pumping even more toxic exhaust into the air that we and our kids breathe.
Digging to build the scrapyard will stir up over a hundred years of polluted dirt, containing lead, arsenic and other dangerous chemicals. The construction garbage that the scrapyard wants to process is also full of materials that it’s dangerous to breathe.
Leachate is garbage juice—liquid that comes out of the things that people throw away, including machines and moldy things, and collects in the trucks. Leachate can sink into the soil and get into the water, and the company has even said they’re going to spray more of it to keep the dust down!
WHAT CAN WE DO?
Tell your friends, family and co-workers about it, especially if they live in the neighborhood.
Attend the City Planning hearing on March 17th at 4:45pm at 444 Westminster St, Providence (the big brick building at the corner of Westminster and Empire, downtown).