PROVIDENCE – Cumberland Rep. James McLaughlin is not flagging in his opposition to using the former Currier Park playground across the street from Cumberland Town Hall as the site of a Blackstone Valley Prep mayoral academy.
McLaughlin told The Times Thursday he is still concerned about the presence of abandoned underground coal mines beneath the site, and said petroleum contaminants found in the soil is yet another reason why the town should reconsider approving the school construction.
The representative, whose district covers Valley Falls and part of Central Falls, has two bills that have been scheduled for a hearing by the House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare on March 12. One would ban the construction of a school on the site of a former mine and prohibit a certificate of occupancy from being issued for such a school. The second would authorize the state building commissioner to enforce the building code on such properties.
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