- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - Federal environmental officials have approved cleanup remedies for a former Rhode Island shipyard.

The Newport Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/IX5CGL ) that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday it approved plans to clean up the former Robert E. Derecktor Shipyard site on Naval Station Newport property in Middletown. Cost estimates are more than $21 million.

The contaminated areas targeted for cleanup include both offshore and onshore sites. While EPA will oversee the remedies, the field work will be conducted and paid for by the Navy and its contractors.

The Superfund site encompasses 1,063 acres.

The Derecktor shipyard got the land from the Navy in the early 1980s after the destroyer base closed at the naval station.

It built nine Coast Guard cutters and two Staten Island ferries at the Middletown site between 1985 and 1992.

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Information from: The Newport Daily News.

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