R 170
2015 -- H 5991
Enacted 03/26/2015

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Almeida, Carnevale, McKiernan, Williams, and
Date Introduced: March 26, 2015

     WHEREAS, In 2012, two recycling companies, Rhode Island Recycled Metals and Sims
Metal Management, were ordered to stop certain activities due to allegedly operating without
proper permits; and
     WHEREAS, Rhode Island Recycled Metals stands accused of not having the proper
permits to salvage automobiles or dismantle marine vessels at its waterfront site on Allen's
Avenue. It has also been accused of failing to install the required storm runoff controls and
having oil leaks on their property grounds. The company was ordered to pay a $33,750 fine, to
stop all car crushing, to stop receiving new scrap metal, derelict vessels or automobiles, and to
install a pollution containment boom in the river around the property; and
     WHEREAS, Sims Metal Management was fined $25,000 and ordered to stop receiving
any new scrap metal at the site, to stop accepting any new ship repair jobs, and to remove all
scrap metal from the facility within sixty days; and
     WHEREAS, Tom Kutcher, Save the Bay's baykeeper, has expressed "dismay at the
blatant and continuing violations of regulations intended to protect Narragansett Bay" and Save
the Bay has repeatedly urged the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management to
take quicker and firmer action to stop these scrap metal companies from continuing these harmful
activities; and
     WHEREAS, It has now been three years since the Rhode Island DEM charged the two
scrap metal companies with committing numerous violations of Rhode Island's environmental
regulations, and these two companies are still in business and they continue to break the law and
harm the environment. The Providence waterfront and Narragansett Bay, two of Rhode Island's
most precious natural resources, continue to suffer harm on a daily basis from the activities of
these two scrap metal companies; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives hereby respectfully requests that the
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management promptly adjudicates and resolves the
Allen's Avenue waterfront pollution complaint; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to Ms. Janet Coit, Director, Rhode Island
Department of Environmental Management, Gina Raimondo, Governor of the State of Rhode
Island, and the Rhode Island Congressional Delegation.