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Arsenic in Soil Contamination - Frequently Asked Questions. Click here to download the PDF file
The Development of New York State Soil Cleanup Objectives for Arsenic in a Q&A format. Click here to download the PDF file.
To view a fact sheet on the public comment period click here.
When reading these documents, please keep in mind they may be controversial. For example the second item of the Arsenic in Soil – Frequently Asked Questions states the agencies consider the absorption of arsenic from soil to be the same as that from water is very questionable. Arsenic in water is in a dissolved state more easily absorbed by the body. Arsenic in soil has changed and combined with other minerals in soil such as iron and copper. The body needs to break these bonds down before arsenic can be absorbed (bioavailability). It has been shown in laboratory studies that the bioavailability of arsenic in Middleport soils is around 45%. Also people tend to drink a lot more water than they eat dirt. The Agencies use of this conclusion to support their selection of a Corrective Measure Alternative along with other conclusions may cause the preliminary selection of a CMA to be flawed.
For more information about calculating bioavailabilty see EPA Region 8's analysis by clicking here.
Posted by: BillA on Jun 16, 2012 - 01:49 PM
An area in or near Tacoma has been contaminated by the former Asarco Smelter in Ruston/North Tacoma. Surrounding areas have been contaminated with arsenic and lead. Areas closest to the plant will be cleaned up by the EPA with Superfund money. Outside that area, the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology in the fact sheet) is performing the cleanup. The Ecology is probably similar to our NYSDEC.
The fact sheet and Q & A's provide a good explanation of the remediation solutions and the justifications, based on risk, of those selected solutions.
Click below (Read Full Article) for a review of those solutions.
Posted by: BillA on Jun 10, 2012 - 02:55 PM Read full article: 'Tacoma, Washington Cleanup' (227 more words)
The work plan is available in the Document Repository under CMS Work Plans. Click here to download the PDF file directly.
Please keep in mind this is not the actual CMS but a plan on how the CMS will be developed.
Posted by: BillA on Aug 15, 2011 - 01:52 PM
Posted by: BillA on Jul 21, 2011 - 12:49 PM
Note: Click here to download a copy of the June 15, 2011 Part I meetings notes in pdf format.
Posted by: Wally on Jun 30, 2011 - 06:41 PM Read full article: 'June 15, 2011 Meeting Notes Available' (3614 more words)
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The public comment period will begin May 17th and ends July 1, 2011. Concerned individuals can submit comments or questions to the agencies by sending them in written format to :
Mr. Matt Mortifolio
NYSDEC Project manager
Albany, NY 12233-7017
Written comments can also be E-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be an open public session at the Middleport Fire Hall were verbal comments can be made. An afternoon session between 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM will be informal were members from the three agencies will sit down in one on one discussions. The evening session between 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM will be a formal session with brief presentations from both FMC and the Agencies before the floor will be open for anyone to give a verbal comment. There will be a stenographer present who will transcribe the session for later publication. All written and verbal comments/questions will be answered by the Agencies and published for public review sometime later in the summer or early fall.
Posted by: BillA on May 16, 2011 - 11:52 AM
In a letter dated December 21, 2010, FMC accepted the Agencies' modified directives and therefore avoided any action that would lead to filing for dispute resolution under the current Oder of Consent. FMC has set a target date for May 20, 2011 for completion of the revised CMS report. At that time there will probably be another review and comment by the Agencies before an agreed to report can be ready for public review.
The MCIG does not anticipate a need for the next meeting until the May time frame. An announcement will be made at the appropriate time. Updates will be made monthly using the "Keeping You Posted" notes available in the Document Repository under Meeting Materials.
Click the Read Full Article link below for more detail.
Posted by: BillA on Dec 28, 2010 - 02:07 PM Read full article: 'CMS for Air Deposition and Culvert 105 Update' (597 more words)
Next Meeting Date
There are no plans for a meeting at this time.
All meetings run from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 20 Main St. in the Village. All Middleport residents and property owners are welcome to stop by anytime while we are meeting.
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