DEP awards Rockport company bid for rifle range cleanup

By Beth A. Birmingham | Nov 29, 2018
Source: File photo

Warren — A contract for continued cleanup of the former R.D. Outfitters rifle range on Route 90 has been awarded to Farley & Sons Landscaping of Rockport.

Bill Longfellow, director of innovation and assistance for the Department of Environmental Protection, said in an email Nov. 28 that Farley's proposed cost per ton was much lower than other bidders'.

"Farley proposed shipping the material to Dragon Cement in Thomaston, which reduces trucking expenses," Longfellow noted.

The contract with Farley will be conditioned upon Dragon's obtaining a permit from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to burn the fiber material from the Warren site at its Thomaston facility.

"It is my understanding that Dragon is working to attain permitting," Longfellow said, adding that Dragon is currently licensed to burn the carpet material if it were to come directly from the manufacturer or source, so this is not a “new” fuel for the company.

"Very little ash would remain from the burned material, as most of the ash would be incorporated into the cement product being manufactured," he said.

The DEP currently has approximately $245,000 to be used to continue remediation of the site, but that amount will only cover disposal of half the carpet material remaining.

A contract will be drawn up over the next several weeks. Once a contract is completed and Dragon has proper permitting, work can commence, according to Longfellow.

The property is coming up for its annual foreclosure waiver at a special town meeting set for Dec. 19.

During an update Oct. 24, Town Manager Bill Lawrence said there had been some digging going on at the site and that DEP tested groundwater in the area to be sure there was no contamination, and it came up clean.

"That's good for the neighbors and people around that land," he said.

Lawrence also said there is an individual interested in purchasing the property, which is owned by Steamship Navigation Co.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at

Comments (3)
Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Dec 05, 2018 10:48

If anyone read the last article publised several weeks ago,  you would have noted the DEP has concluded that after 20 years the site has shown NO signs of containimation.  So lets spend a quarter of a million dollars dig up the dormant site and burn the materials and certainly create AIR POLLUTION.  That's how the government works take something that's NOT a problem now spend money and create one.

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Nov 29, 2018 15:44

I heard it was going to Arizona.

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Nov 29, 2018 14:34

...and this goes on and on and on....Hopefully it will be safely removed and another fiasco like this will never happen again.

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