peterson/puritan, inc.


The Peterson/Puritan, Inc. Superfund Site consists of two Operable Units encompassing over two miles of mixed industrial/residential property situated in the north-central portion of Rhode Island in the towns of Cumberland and Lincoln. The Site occupies over 500 acres and runs in a generally north to south direction and approximately 2,000 feet to the east and west of the main river channel of the Blackstone River, between the Ashton Dam to the north and the Pratt Dam to the south, and includes a portion of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. The Site "study area" comprises an industrial park (including the former Peterson/Puritan facility), an inactive landfill known as J. M. Mills Landfill, an inactive solid waste transfer station, sand and gravel operations, the Blackstone River State Park (aka Mackland Farm/Kelly House) development, impacted municipal water supply wells and numerous interspersed areas of undeveloped land, flood plain and wetlands along the Blackstone River. Land uses surrounding the Site are a mixture of industrial, commercial, residential and recreational parcels. Immediately to the north and west of the Site is a predominately residential area. To the east is commercial/residential, and to the south predominately commercial. There are over 1000 residences within a one-mile radius and 12,000 people living within a 4-mile radius of the Site. The nearest residence is less than 1/4 mile away. Operable Unit 1 (OU1) consists of the industrial park in the vicinity of Martin St. and includes the former Peterson/Puritan, Inc. facility (currently CCL Custom Manufacturing Inc.) solvent spill, Pacific Anchor Co. (PAC) leachfields, and contaminated soils and groundwater associated with this portion of the Site. The Peterson/Puritan, Inc. facility was built in 1959 and began packaging aerosol consumer products. A rail car incident and product tank spill occurred on the facility's property in 1974 releasing an estimated 6000 gallons of solvent. In 1976, following a major fire, the plant was rebuilt. The Martin Street well and Lenox Street well in the Town of Cumberland and the Quinnville well field in the Town of Lincoln were closed in 1979 due to ground water contamination, and remain out of service. The Peterson/Puritan spill was identified as a primary source of contaminants impacting the sand and gravel aquifer feeding the river and the Martin Street well, and Quinnville well field. The Town of Lincoln has since been connected to an alternate water supply while the Town of Cumberland absorbed the cost of the loss of its wells by increasing production from their remaining town water supplies. Operable Unit 2 (OU2) is immediately south (downstream) of OU1 and consists of the inactive, privately owned J.M. Mills Landfill, the former Transfer Station, debris fields, the River, associated wetlands, an unnamed island, and areas south to the Pratt Dam. The source of the Lenox St. well contamination remains under investigation.

Hazardous Ranking Score

40 / 100

A score of 28.5 or higher qualifies a site for the Superfund National Priority List.

Regional Contact

Region 1
Phone: (888) 372-7341
Fax: (617) 918-0101

Outside New England:
(617) 918-1111

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Site Inspection
Preliminary Assessment
Final Listing On NPL

Contaminants & Health Effects

      Endocrine Disrupter
      Reproductive Toxin
      Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic


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