RI orders two scrapyards to halt operations

May 14, 2012 | 03:20 PM | Lisa Gordon

Tags  scrap yard, SMM New England, Rhode Island Recycled Metals, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — Two Rhode Island scrap metal recyclers have been ordered to cease operations for allegedly violating water pollution laws in the state and expanding the scope of their operations without permission.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) issued the orders May 10 to SMM New England Corp. and Rhode Island Recycled Metals LLC (RIRM), both based in Providence. Both recyclers have 20 days to request a hearing on the matter.

SMM New England has been told to stop receiving metal and has been ordered to remove all scrap from its yard within 60 days. Sims Metal Management Ltd. bought the facility from Promet Marine Services Corp. in October but hadn’t sought to transfer the stormwater permit from the seller until Jan. 12.....

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