Lonsdale Bleachery

Lincoln, RI - Region I


Site Contact:

Sherry Banks
On-Scene Coordinator


Carrington Street
Lincoln, RI 02865

Latitude: 41.9111000
Longitude: -71.4067000

The Lonsdale Bleachery Site (“Site”) is the location of a former textile mill abutting the Blackstone River in Lincoln, Rhode Island. On July 30, 2004, an emergency response was conducted by Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (“RI DEM”) in response to a petroleum odor and sheen that were observed downstream on the Blackstone River. The former Lonsdale Bleachery was found to be the source of the sheen. At the request of RI DEM, EPA mobilized to the Site on August 5, 2004 to support the oil spill response.

The Site is located off of Carrington Street in the Lonsdale district of Lincoln, Providence County, Rhode Island. The geographic coordinates for the Site are 41.9111 north latitude and 71.4067 west longitude. The Site abuts the Blackstone River, a National Heritage River, which flows into Narragansett Bay. Once a thriving 19th century textile and bleachery mill complex, the area was subdivided into 29 different parcels after the mill closed down approximately 50 years ago, and is now comprised of several small industrial, commercial, and retail buildings.

EPA mobilized its Emergency Rapid Response Services (ERRS) contractor to the Site in 2004 to conduct oil spill response activities pursuant to an OPA 90 Project Plan. These cleanup activities focused on identifying and removing the source(s) of the oil release to the Blackstone River. These activities were completed in the spring of 2007.

Oil continues to seep into the river, particularly during periods of low water levels, from the base of a granite block retaining wall in the former fuel storage and boiler area of the mill.

A Site Investigation is underway to determine the nature and extent of the seeps. A pilot study will be conducted in the spring of 2017.

For additional information, visit the Pollution Report (POLREPS) , Pollution/Situation Report (Pol/Sitreps) section.