A Hummel Report Investigation
A leading critic of the controversial TLA Pond View recycling center in Rumford discovered her name, address, age and social security number posted on the city of East Providence's website after complaining about after-hours operation. The information was up for nearly two weeks. Was it accidental or intentional? And who was responsible? Jim Hummel confronts the city manager to try and get some answers.
For years Omega Pond was a hidden jewel, an oasis for dozens of homes along the water's edge in the Rumford section of East Providence.
That all changed in 2006 when TLA Pond View began an expanded recycling operation that has resulted in hundreds of complaints from neighbors just across the pond.
An aerial view shows just how close the commercially-zoned operation is to the residential area. Those who live there say the sound - and dust - carry clearly across the water.
Durfee: ``My windows and doors stay closed when they're fully operating.''
Jo-Ann Durfee has led the charge against Pond View - complaining to anybody who will listen, and some who won't, about noise, dust and the owners operating at all hours of the day. She's all but abandoned using the deck on her split-level house just off Roger Williams Avenue.
Durfee: ``There are times, you know, where you could hear him operating at 4:30 in the morning, sometimes later in the evening. And he has set hours, but he doesn't abide by that.'
'The company, which had been mired in controversy from the start, had zoning and court battles before going into receivership a year ago. A fresh controversy erupted when DEM gave the owners a contract to clean up their own site, with strict hours of operation.
Durfee says she heard equipment on a Sunday morning in early July.
Durfee: ``The backhoe was going, the vehicle that waters down the dust to keep it down was operating.''
She had alerted her councilman, Jim Briden, who called the police. An officer eventually arrived and spoke with Durfee, but didn't take any official statement.