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Preparation and the installation of a work area fence behind the high school will begin in November with major soil removal beginning in April, 2019, continuing through October, 2019. Soil removal will begin behind the high school, moving to the front of both schools during summer recess to minimize the impact on the function of the school. During school hours, work will not begin before 8:00 AM. Air monitoring will be performed during work hours.
To view the DEC flier describing the activity click here.
Posted by: BillA on Nov 08, 2018 - 05:44 PM
The DEC want to get permission, if they can, on these remaining properties so they can sample and develop plans for remediation over the winter. However only about 30 properties will be remediated in 2019 with the rest being done on 2020. It should be noted there will probably be some owners who will refuse. Although the request for access from the DEC includes sampling and remediation, owners are still allowed to opt out at any time during the process. They may write on the agreement what they are agreeing to before signing and returning the request.
There is no way to know at this time how many owners will refuse but there most likely will be some. Note that for this year's activity, the refusal rate on Main St., south of South St., was above 50% who declined. However that rate on Hammond Parkway was around 10%.
On another front, FMC sent letters during the summer to property owners along the Tributary and its flood plain north of Pearson Rd to Mill Rd near Marshall in Orleans County. Theses areas are refereed to as Operable Units 7 and 8. The intent is to gain access to survey boundaries and mark drainage areas as well as gain knowledge of the property's history. FMC has already filed a preliminary sampling plan with the DEC. Unlike the Air Deposition Area, FMC is executing the survey and sampling. It remains to be seen who does any subsequent remediation.
The DEC has not announced their plans for next year's activity at the school, but it's most likely the areas in front of the two buildings will be remediated. Remaining would be areas west and south of the high school. The DEC has planned on two more phases at the school.
Posted by: BillA on Nov 02, 2018 - 07:25 PM
They planed on starting mid June but there has not been much activity as of June 30. The excavation work and back fill is suppose to be completed by September. Restoration will be performed during the fall.
Some 8300 cubic yards of soil will be removed east and south of the Middle School along with the existing playground area. A temporary fence will surround the work area. The truck route during the summer while school is out will run through the parking area north of the middle school from the gym to the building housing the cafeteria. During fall when school is in session the truck route will run only through the parking area in from of the gym. It appears trucks will be loaded in these parking areas. The work area will be reduced when the school starts in the fall.
Dust monitoring equipment will be placed around the work area but it was not mentioned where in the fact sheet.
A letter to community members from the school superintendent was included with the DEC fact sheet. Dr. Stopinski stated that the school is committed to replace the playground as part of their “Long Range Plans” so it is unclear when this will happen and if it will be paid for by the school or the DEC as part of the latter's restoration. It was mentioned that part of the restoration would include site work for new tennis and pickleball courts along with a new access driveway to the field hockey field and a parking area next to the field.
To view the fact sheet click here.
Posted by: BillA on Jun 30, 2018 - 06:31 PM
This decision is somewhat of a surprise since the lower court, the Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court, ruled unanimously in FMC's favor.
FMC is looking into their next move but believe they will still have the opportunity to dispute their liability to pay for the cleanup. This will probably have to be in federal court.
The DEC has spent about 20 million dollars so far in the cleanup effort and estimate the total will be from 58 to 69 million for the Air Deposition Area including the school grounds. To date this money has come from the state supperfund. Before the DEC unilateral cleanup began, FMC spent about 200 million dollars on studies and cleanup such as various RFI's and CMS's, cleaning up the school football field, east side of South Vernon St, south side of Park Ave, etc.
The DEC will begin Phase four of the six phase cleanup of the school yard in May. The work will be east of the middle school. The existing playground will be replaced with a new, improved one meeting 2018 standards and new tennis courts and a parking lot will be built in the area.
The next phase of residential property cleanup will also begin in May.
Posted by: BillA on May 06, 2018 - 07:42 PM
The areas to be done are:
However many properties within these blocks are not up for remediation because they have received "clear letters or no further action required". For example, in the N Block, only one property on Main St. (the large brick apartment house) and the two properties on Vernon behind the apartment building are up for remediation. All the rest are clear. On Main in the S block, six owners have refused and one (perhaps a new owner) has received a request from the DEC without a reply so far. This leaves only six properties that will be remediated this year in that block. Even though the DEC announcement included the east side of East Ave. in the G block, only those ranch houses within the Hammond Parkway development will be up for remediation this year but of the five properties bordering State St. in the G block, three are clear and the owner of one has refused, leaving only one to be remediated.
The properties along Telegraph Rd. are clear and all but two properties along west side of Main St. between Francis St. and Telegraph Rd. are clear. Of the latter two, one will be remediated this year and the owner of the second has refused.
After this year there will be roughly 60 properties remaining to be remediated mostly along State St., its feeder streets and Main and Vernon St. between State and Park. However many in these areas have received clear letters. About 30 properties are done each year so maybe after this year only two more years remain and the Air Deposition Area will be done (except for those properties along State between the village line and the county line).
In their announcement, the DEC stresses that remediation is voluntary and property owners have the ability to decline. Indeed a number of owners have declined.
The DEC also announced separately the remediation at the Junior/Senior High School will continue in 2018. The remediation effort will involve the eastern portion of the school property (east of the Junior High to the property line and north of the already remediated field hockey field up to the road (Rt 31E).
To view the DEC announcement on residential cleanup click here.
Posted by: BillA on Apr 04, 2018 - 08:02 PM
FMC has not updated their online pamphlet so this download is for the program dated 2016 to 2018. However aside from the dates and FMC contact, the information is the same.
Posted by: BillA on Mar 27, 2018 - 07:45 PM
To veiw a Youtube video of the arguments made before the court click here. This video runs about 30 minutes.
The six judges on the bench (one was absent) seemed to be well informed and prepared even though some of their questions were more historical than pertaining to the case at hand.
The attorney for the DEC stated the contamination in the school yard and properties surrounding the plant was from overflow runoff from the lagoon or western impoundment area between 1981 and 2008. However we know that the much of the area currently being remediated was contaminated by airborne particles released from the plant before FMC discontinued using arsenic in 1974. It appears the DEC's case has some fallacies.
Posted by: BillA on Mar 27, 2018 - 07:36 PM
No comments were made in either afternoon or evening sessions.
Written comments may be sent in to the DEC but must be received by October 20, 2017.
Posted by: BillA on Sep 30, 2017 - 12:09 AM
The company believes this is an attempt to circumvent the Administrative Order of Consent (AOC) established between FMC and the government agencies in 1991. It should be noted that this order expired several years ago and the parties have been unable to agree on a new consent order.
FMC evidentally wishes to continue operating under to old order until a new one is agreed to.
Posted by: BillA on Sep 03, 2017 - 10:54 PM
This permit covers the operation/closure of the three regulated hazard waste sites or surface impoundments within the FMC plant facility in Middleport. They consist of:
1. The Eastern Surface Impoundment which is now inactive and has a temporary soil cover. This area was at one time called the CAMU. FMC is required to close this unit per the permit.
2. The Western Surface Impoundment which is now a lined collection pond for plant site contaminated surface water run off. Water from this pond is processed at the waste water treatment plant on site before off site discharge.
3. The Central Surface Impoundment which is closed.
The draft permit also includes requirements for corrective action programs at the FMC facility.
A public comment period on the draft permit will run through October 20, 2017. Written comments should be mailed to:
Michelle Woznick, Environmental Analyst
NYSDEC Region 9
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14203-2915
or E-mailed to DEP.R9@dec.ny.gov.
Two open public sessions where oral comments may be made will be held at the Middleport Fire Hall at 28 Main Street, Middleport, New York on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, beginning at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The sessions will be conducted by Administrative Law Judge Michael S. Caruso. Additionally, public availability sessions where one-on-one discussions can be had will be held one hour before each formal session (12:00 and 6:00 o'clock).
To review the announcement and overview of the draft and comment period click here.
To view the draft permit click here.
Posted by: BillA on Aug 22, 2017 - 07:40 PM
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