Superfund Information Systems: Site Profile

Superfund Site:

DAVISVILLE NAVAL CONSTRUCTION BATTALION CENTER
NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI

Redevelopment

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About the Superfund Redevelopment Initiative

This nationally coordinated effort provides EPA and its partners with a process to return Superfund sites to productive use. Learn more at Superfund Redevelopment Initiative.

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Redevelopment at the Site

The Davisville Naval Construction Battalion Center (Davisville NCBC) site is located 18 miles south of Providence, Rhode Island and includes 1,500 acres along the Narragansett Bay. From 1951 to 1994, Davisville NCBC provided mobilization support to naval construction forces. Operations and waste disposal practices at the site resulted in widespread soil and ground water contamination as well as surface water contamination of nearby Allen Harbor. In 1989, EPA added the site to the National Priorities List (NPL). The base on site closed in 1994, and the Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC) is addressing cleanup activities. In September 1997, the Rhode Island Port Authority, now called the Quonset-Davisville Redevelopment Corporation, leased about 704 acres of the site. Subsequently, Quonset-Davisville Redevelopment Corporation (QDC) has sold or conveyed the acreage through a Maritime Public Benefit Conveyance with 367 acres currently left in the lease. Further study is underway for this leased acreage. In May 2000, the Town of North Kingstown received 189 acres of the site through a Public Benefit Conveyance for use as a park. Restrictions on building construction are in place for the area over the ground water plume. In 2003, a Public Benefit Conveyance gave an additional 15 acres of the site to the Town of North Kingstown for use as a park. Restrictions limit the site to recreational use only and include appropriate land use requirements to ensure the landfill cap is not damaged.

The Redevelopment has been ongoing at Quonset since the 1970s when that airfield and associated industrial property closed.  QDC received approximately 704 acres so far from the Davisville portion of the site (NPL site) and is being developed with the intent to use it for industrial/commercial purposes.  The acres transferred to the town are restricted to a park through the Department of Interior land to parks program.  The remaining 367 acres under the maritime PBC has or will be transferred to QDC with industrial/commercial restrictions.

The sign below is on Route 1 at the beginning of the site and is part of the 704 acres already transferred and actively being re-developed. July 2016.

July 2016

 

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Economic Activity at the Site

As of December 2018, EPA did not have economic data related to on-site businesses, or economic data were not applicable due to site use. View information about redevelopment economics at Superfund sites.

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Renewable Energy at the Site

The picture depicts the West Davisville warehouses with roof top solar.  There also are two solar farms and unique solar and wind powered street lights at the Quonset-Davisville Industrial Park. July 2016

PHOTO: WEST DAVISVILLE SOLAR ROOFTOP, July 2016

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Activity and Use Limitations

At this site, activity and use limitations that EPA calls institutional controls are in place. Institutional controls play an important role in site remedies because they reduce exposure to contamination by limiting land or resource use. They also guide human behavior. For instance, zoning restrictions prevent land uses – such as residential uses – that are not consistent with the level of cleanup. For more background, see Institutional Controls.

The public needs to heed all signs, physical restrictions and land use regulations. The public can also stay aware of any changes through local media, checking in with this web site and attending the annual Restoration Advisory Board meeting, a venue for the Navy to update community members about cleanup activities at the site.

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