Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is seeking public comment on intent to issue a Finding of No Significant Impact
The Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health has reviewed for approval the request by the Town of North Smithfield and the Slatersville Public Supply for a Finding of No Significant Impact determination for proposed improvements to the public water system. The purpose of the project is to provide potable water to locations with contaminated wells. The project is to occur in the Town of North Smithfield. The water system expansion consists of connecting 2,400 LF of water main from Old Great Road to the Mechanic Street and Highview Avenue. Additionally, 2,000 LF of water main will be installed from Old Great Road in a northerly direction to the Blackstone, MA town line.
Under authority of Chapter 46-12.8 of the General Laws of Rhode Island, it has been determined that the direct and indirect environmental impacts associated with the project are minimal. Therefore, the Director of RIDOH is hereby giving notice of intent to issue a Finding of No Significant Impact for the proposed project pursuant to the requirements and authority set forth in Chapter 46-12.8 of the General Laws of Rhode Island and the "Drinking Water State Revolving Fund" Regulations (216-RICR-50-05-6).
Copies of the Finding of No Significant Impact certificate and further information may be obtained by calling 401-222-6867 during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or by writing to the Center for Drinking Water Quality, Three Capitol Hill, Room 209, Providence, RI 02908. All material submitted for review is available for public inspection during the above hours at the above location. Written comments on the Finding of No Significant Impact should be sent to the Center for Drinking Water Quality at the address above or emailed to DOH.RIDWQ@health.ri.gov within thirty (30) days of the date of this notice. Individuals requesting communication assistance may call Rhode Island Relay (TTY) at 711 or 800-745-5555 at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance.
A public hearing on the Finding of No Significant Impact will be held if RIDOH receives such requests from a minimum twenty-five (25) people, a governmental agency or subdivision, or an association having twenty-five (25) members or more. If a public hearing is held, a public notice will be published announcing the date, time, and place of such hearing. A stenographic record of the hearing will be made and the public record will be kept open for seven (7) days following the conclusion of the public hearing to allow additional time for the submission of written comments. Interpreter services for people with hearing impairment and audiotapes for people with vision impairment will be made available. RIDOH is handicap accessible to individuals with disabilities.