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Welcome to the BASF Cranston, RI Community Outreach Website.

Welcome to the former Ciba Geigy facility community update website

This site serves as a source of news and information regarding progress at the former Ciba Geigy facility located in Cranston, Rhode Island for the residents and surrounding communities. 



Under the guidance of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM), BASF, as the current property owner, is implementing measures to ensure the site remedy and restoration efforts achieve these three key objectives:

1. To make sure that the former Ciba Geigy facility in Cranston is protective of human health and the environment;

2. To ensure the remediation activities facilitate reuse and repurpose of portions of the property; and

3. To preserve and enhance the ecological assets of the property in a manner that creates value to the local community and region.


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Status & Updates

BASF recently submitted to EPA a river sediment sampling plan for further investigation. Once approved, work will commence along the river front. Stay tuned for more updates on scheduling. 

In 2009, BASF Corporation acquired the property upon which the former Ciba Geigy facility was located and took over the remediation that had begun under Ciba. Since that time, BASF has brought a fresh perspective to address the site and has been working diligently in cooperation with EPA to complete remediation.


BASF recently submitted a sediment investigation work plan to EPA. The investigation will focus on sediment impacted with PCBs and other materials. All sediment impacts are a result of legacy (not ongoing) discharges. 

BASF also recently submitted a cap inspection work plan to EPA. The sand cap placed over impacted sediment is periodically assessed to confirm the thickness of the sand cap to ensure its effectiveness. 



Remediation Summary

  • Sand cap placed over impacted sediment (1996)
  • Monitoring has confirmed that sand cap is secure and stable
  • Three additional areas of PCB-impacted sediments were excavated in 2012