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Soil Evaluation


In 1997, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) received a request from Rhode Island State Representative Kenneth Carter and U.S. Representative Bob Weygand to evaluate the potential public health impact of the Dry Bridge Road Landfill (1). ATSDR staff completed a public health consultation in June 1998 that evaluated the human health impact via the air and groundwater pathways in vicinity of the landfill. In this health consultation, ATSDR evaluates potential human exposures to residential soil related to the Dry Bridge Road Landfill. ATSDR requested the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) to sample off-site soil at a house bordering the landfill property. The soil was analyzed for metals and asbestos which provide the best indication of landfill-associated contamination.

The Dry Bridge Road Construction and Demolition Landfill facility is located in a rural-suburban area of North Kingston, Rhode Island. The landfill is surrounded by residences, a gravel pit, and light industrial properties, including an adjacent trucking company. The Dry Bridge Road Landfill is an active landfill on approximately 20 acres of land in the Annaquatucket River drainage basin in southeastern Rhode Island (2). It has been owned and operated by Hometown Properties, Incorporated, since 1980. Vehicular access to the site has always been restricted. Since 1994, a chain link fence and a 24-hour security guard service have restricted pedestrian access to the site.

The waste materials that are known or alleged to have been deposited at the site include construction and demolition debris, railroad ties, shredded automobile components, and friable asbestos (3). Although closure of the landfill will occur in spring of 1999, the landfill is currently receiving debris from demolition and construction sites, as well as from residential properties (4). ATSDR staff have visited the site and conducted a public availability session to answer questions from concerned community members.

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