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Issues related to the RCRA process
This is an article which appeared in the publication Environmental Health Perspectives described the problems of the increasing demand for housing and the concerns of converting former agricultural land to residential developments, some which were once orchards. These orchard areas were treated with pesticides and other chemicals during there productive lifetimes. Now these former orchards are contaminated with arsenic and other chemicals.

The article goes through the history of chemical usage, how these chemicals entered the surrounding soil and how dangerous it is today. What can and should be done with these areas is reviewed.

In particular, the Barber Orchard private residential community development, a 500 acre subdivision near Waynesville, North Carolina, is described and how the arsenic contamination was handled.

To download the article in PDF format from the publication's web site click here.

To view the article in your web browser click here.

To go to the Environmental Health Perspectives home page click here.

Posted by: BillA on Oct 30, 2008 - 01:27 PM  

Issues related to the RCRA process
On October 28, 2008, Dr. Terri Bowers gave a presentation at the Junior High School on "Arsenic in the Environment". Dr. Bowers discussed how arsenic is a naturally occurring element in our environment, where it typically is found and how people are exposed to it. Some detail was given on the studies performed in New York State and in particular Middleport. To view the slides of Dr. Bowers' presentation click here.

For information about Dr. Bowers, click on the Read Full Article link below

Posted by: BillA on Oct 30, 2008 - 12:16 PM  Read full article: '"Arsenic in the Environment" by Dr. Terri Bowers' (142 more words)

Issues related to the RCRA process
RFI Volume 4 is now available in the Document Repository.

This volume covers the investigation of Culvert 105 from the inlet on the Coe Property near the railroad tracks to the sewage treatment plant at the north end of North Hartland Street. This Culvert is part an old storm drainage system which is underground south of the canal but an open ditch for part of its run north of the canal. It runs behind the properties on the east side of N. Hartland Street north of Sleeper St.

Early remedial actions last year cleaned up contamination and buried the open sections using culvert pipe between the canal at Margret Droman Park and Sleeper St.

You can go directly to the download section by clicking here. Look for the Volume 4 references. Volumes 1 and 2 are also in this section.

Posted by: BillA on Oct 21, 2008 - 12:17 PM  

Issues related to the RCRA process
These questions were submitted to the CIG through the "Leave a Comment" section of this web site

Why would FMC endanger all residents with the remediation of the soil by digging it, hauling it to a CAMU, and then testing it? If it is tested positive then it has to be removed again. How is it tested? Per what measurement per load is it tested before more is dumped onto it?

If CAMU is filled, why is there not a plan in place prior to remediation for another site instead of waiting until it is near full to find an alternative site? To be able to get another site it must be approved through several sessions by the NYSDEC, correct? Then this would alternately stop remediation and open ground with contaminates at the remedial site, correct?

With out a liner doesn't contaminates run off and run through the soils of the surrounding areas. Isn't this why the remediation is taking place now because of run off from FMC that contaminated the soil in and around Middleport? Your response to protecting the residents in the area by stating, "Due to the levels and nature of the contaminated soil that would be placed in the CAMU, there will be "little prospect of any migration" from the CAMU. Moreover, FMC has an active groundwater control system in place to deal with any migration." Does it deal with migration or does it only detect migration? Please explain. Thank you

Click on the "Read Full Article" link below to read FMC's answers.

Note: Feel free to leave comments.

Posted by: BillA on Oct 03, 2008 - 12:20 PM  Read full article: 'Q/A About the CAMU Proposal' (1196 more words)

Information and news about the CIG
The notes from the CIG's September 11, 2008 CIG meeting are now available. They can also be downloaded using the link below.

Note: Click here to download a copy of the CIG's September 11, 2008 meeting notes in pdf format.

Posted by: Wally on Sep 24, 2008 - 11:42 AM  Read full article: 'September 11, 2008 Part I Meeting Notes Available' (2151 more words)

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The notes from the CIG's August 27, 2008 CIG meeting are now available. They can also be downloaded using the link below.

Note: Click here to download a copy of the CIG's August 27, 2008 meeting in pdf format.

Posted by: Wally on Sep 09, 2008 - 01:31 PM  Read full article: 'August 27, 2008 Part I Meeting Notes Available' (1898 more words)

Issues related to the RCRA process
Dr. Watts presentation "A Citizen's Role in the CMS and Risk Assessment" is now available on DVD. Beginning Monday, September 8, you can get a free copy at the Middleport Village Hall on Main St., the Middleport Free Library on Vernon St., the Middleport Family Health Center on Rochester Rd or by sending a request to

The DVD can be played on a regular DVD player connected to your TV or on your computer equipped with a DVD drive, not a CD drive, and with a player installed.

Dr. Daniel Watts is professor of chemistry and director of the Material Characterization Laboratory at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He provides technical expertise to the Middleport Remediation Advisory Group (MRAG) and the Middleport Community Input Group concerning the environmental remediation activities in Middleport being undertaken by FMC Corp.

During a workshop, which was held at the Middleport Scout House on August 12, Dr. Watts informed residents of their rights and responsibilities in terms of providing feedback and suggestions to the Agencies and FMC regarding the plans outlined in the Corrective Measures Study (CMS). He also provided additional information on the CMS process and identified the periods throughout the process when public input is sought.

In addition, Dr. Watts discussed the citizen's role in the determination of risk assessment in Middleport. Risk assessment is the process of identifying and documenting actual and perceived risks to human health or the environment and allow further evaluation and appropriate remediation responses.

If you prefer to review the slides Dr. Watts showed during his presentation, they are available in our document repository. Find them in the Meeting Presentations section or by clicking here.

Posted by: BillA on Sep 07, 2008 - 12:23 PM  

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As discussed and agreed to at the August CIG meeting, beginning September 1, the web site will require anyone who wants to leave a comment or vote in polls to be registered and logged in. In the past these functions could be done as an unregistered, anonymous user. You can still leave comments anonymously or with another name by over typing your registered name when it is displayed in the leave a comment form. Polls do not show names or addresses of those who have voted.

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Posted by: BillA on Aug 28, 2008 - 07:39 PM  

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