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Local Contractor Performs Critical Work at EPA Clean-up Site

Rumbo | January 1st, 2015 | Edition 470 | Lawrence, MA

In keeping with his effort to support and promote local businesses and workers, Mayor Dan Rivera has announced that Lawrence company, RM Technologies was awarded a competitive sub-contract by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to perform critical clean-up work at the Merrimac Paper site, located at 7-19 South Canal Street in Lawrence. As reported by Allen Jarrell of the EPA, the contract was in the amount of $54,000 and included the demolition of a smoke stack on the site. The work was completed in 3 days and employed 6 people.

“Every time we are fortunate enough to benefit from public funding for projects in the city, we will aggressively advocate on behalf of businesses here in Lawrence to be able to bid on the work,” said Mayor Rivera. “RM Technologies, and companies like it, are well-positioned to perform at a high-level, and we stand committed to ensure they receive the opportunity to demonstrate their capabilities and quality workmanship as these projects arise.”

The EPA initiated site assessment and work to abate the health and safety hazards at the Merrimac Paper site earlier this year at the urging of Mayor Rivera after a major 5-alarm fire ripped through the site in  January. The property has suffered decades of willful neglect and unpermitted salvaging by current and past owners. The signed Removal Action by the EPA approves up to $2 million of asbestos removal work to be performed on the Merrimac Paper site. The purpose of the Removal Action is to address the asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in debris piles, in the soil, and in several buildings at the site, that if not tackled, will continue to pose a threat to human health and the environment.