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Beginning September 1st

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

Issues related to the RCRA process
The text and diagrams illustrating the arsenic levels from RFI Volume 2 are now available in the RFI Volumes section of the Document Repository. This volume is for the air deposition area of Middleport which is that area south of the Erie Canal to both sides of Route 31 (Rochester Rd.) and both sides of Main St. east to the Niagara/Orleans County line.

Click here to go to that section of the repository.

The volume is in two section: 1) text and diagrams showing the area of concern for this volume, 2) diagrams showing the arsenic contamination at 3, 6, 9 and 12 inches in depth.

Note: The text references tables and figures which are not available on the web site due to their quantity, size and available space. CD's of the entire volume are available by contacting

Posted by: BillA on Aug 21, 2008 - 01:11 PM  

Issues related to the RCRA process
From the DOH, EPA and DEC:

In a recent letter to the village, an EPA representative included some general recommendations which the Agencies may provide to an individual homeowner on ways to limit exposure and risk to arsenic. Avoiding consumption of homegrown vegetables was one general recommendation. This was not intended to be interpreted as a general recommendation to avoid gardening or consumption of homegrown produce in the Village of Middleport. Additionally, this was not intended to be a general recommendation that would be provided to all property owners who declined remediation of their property. As the EPA has said in the past, each property is specific and therefore, any recommendations that the Agencies may make to a property owner will likely be specific for their particular soil arsenic concentrations, location of elevated soil arsenic, property use etc.

Not all vegetables take up significant amounts of arsenic from soil. Additionally, for those crops that are more likely to uptake arsenic (leafy vegetables and root crops), the amount of potential arsenic uptake is dependent on many factors, such as soil acidity, organic matter, arsenic type etc. In many cases, the likely potential exposure route associated with gardening in arsenic contaminated soil is the ingestion of soil arsenic that may be present on homegrown produce (e.g. dirt on leaves, roots etc.) that has not been thoroughly washed before consumption. By taking a few simple and practical actions, people can reduce their potential exposure to soil arsenic. Thoroughly washing vegetables and other garden produce before eating, and peeling or skinning root crops, are practical ways to reduce exposure.

These and other practical actions are provided in the NYSDOH Arsenic Fact Sheet. Click on the Read Further link below to see the fact sheet.

Posted by: BillA on Aug 13, 2008 - 01:39 PM  Read full article: 'Gardening in Soil with Arsenic' (988 more words)

Issues related to the RCRA process
A study to determine how well certain plants can take up arsenic from soil is being conducted in Middleport. This study may show the feasibility of using phytoremediation in Middleport to clean up arsenic contaminated soils in yards where the owner desires to save parts or all of their current landscape. Factors such as which plants perform best, how deep can the plants reduce contamination and their efficiency will be determined.

Click on the Read Full Article link below to read the article.

Note: The Phytoremediation Pilot Study Work Plan is available on this web site by clicking

For EPA Citizen's Guide on Phytoremediation click here and for an EPA
Citizen's Guide to Bioremediation click here.

For information on Dr. Harmon click here.

Posted by: BillA on Jul 24, 2008 - 11:56 AM  Read full article: 'Phytoremediation Study in Middleport' (313 more words)

Issues related to the RCRA process
Did You Know......

According to Paul James of HGTV's Gardening by the Yard, the majority of synthetic pre and post emerging herbicides for controlling weeds in lawns contain the chemicals 24D, 245T and arsenic.

Certain brands of potting soil and plant food contain arsenic, some in levels that if they were in your yard would make it a remediation target by the agencies.

Examples: Source: Washington State Dept. of Agriculture:

  • Schultz Professional Potting Soil Plus/ African Violets & Blooming Plants 0.08-0.14-0.09                          
    128 PPM of arsenic

  • Scotts All-Purpose Plant Food 18-13-13                                                                                                  
    50.9 PPM

  • Schultz Professional Potting Soil Plus 0.08-0.12-0.08                                                                                
    34.55 PPM

  • Schultz Multicote Time Release Outdoor Plant Food 17-17-17                                                                  
    28.2 PPM

  • Schultz Enriched Garden Soil for Flowers & Vegetables 0.5-.10-.05                                                          
    25.57 PPM

And yet the agencies allow these products to be on the open market and on store shelves.

Posted by: BillA on Jul 17, 2008 - 03:21 PM  

Information and news about the CIG
The notes from the CIG's July 8, 2008 meeting are now available online.

Note: Note: To download a copy in pdf format click here or click on the Read Full Article below to view the notes.

Posted by: Wally on Jul 14, 2008 - 12:09 PM  Read full article: 'July 8 Meeting Notes Now Available' (1030 more words)

Information and news about the CIG
At the July CIG meeting, a number of handouts were made available to the attendees They are listed below with the links to get to them.

1. The FMC fact sheet describing the new Home Value Assurance Program which replaces the Property Price Protection Plan for homes put up for sale. This plan will go into affect January 2009. The Property Price Protection Plan runs through June 2009.
Click here to download.

2. Comparison sheet for the Property Price Protection Plan and the new Home Value Assurance Program.
Click here to download.

3. The FMC "Keeping You Posted' update. Click here to download.

4. The DEC internet source for a Buffalo News article concerning what they called "Nasty Sites" in Niagara County. The report claimed FMC was such a site and they had off site ground water contamination. Also the article stated the plant was used for disposal of pesticides without mention of pesticide manufacturing. The reporter used only the negative parts of the DEC information. The DEC admits they need to better keep such internet pages of information more up to date. Click here to download.

5. A DOH Biological Monitoring Study done in 1987 using Roy-Hart school students using hair and urine samples to detect levels of arsenic and lead. The results were then compared with results of tests using students from a school in Greenbush, NY, near Albany. The results showed no statistical differences. The agencies have stated one reason they did not recognize the Exponent study which tested Middleport residents for arsenic was hair samples were not used and they felt those samples would be more accurate. Hair samples were used in this DOH study. Click here to download.

6. A DOH Incidence of Cancer study done in 1987 in Middleport comparing expected cancer cases with actual occurrences. Seventeen of the most common cancer types for men and women were studied. No statistical increase in cancer cases over expected were found in this study. Click here to Download.

Keep in mind the two above studies were done before any remediation of residential property or the school football field was done.

Posted by: BillA on Jul 11, 2008 - 12:02 AM  

Information and news about the CIG
The notes from the CIG's June 18, 2008 meeting with the Agencies are now available. They are 14 pages long and can also be downloaded using the link below.

Note: To download a copy in pdf format click here or click on the Read Full Article below to view the notes.

Posted by: Wally on Jul 03, 2008 - 04:01 PM  Read full article: 'June 18, 2008 Part I Meeting Notes Available' (6381 more words)

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