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Topic: Issues related to the RCRA process

The new items published under this topic are as follows.

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Issues related to the RCRA process
A set of Frequently Asked Questions has been created that attemps to answer some of the questions concerning the cleanup and the Agencies presentations at the public meeting held at the fire hall on June 27th.

To view the document click here.

Or click on the Read Full Article link below to read the document on your browser.

Posted by: BillA on Jul 15, 2012 - 03:05 PM  Read full article: 'MCIG Frequently Asked Questions' (2359 more words)

Issues related to the RCRA process
The Agencies' presentations by Robert Schick of the DEC, Tom Johnson of the DOH and Sally Dewes of the DEC are available for download.

Click here to download a copy in PDF format.

Posted by: BillA on Jul 02, 2012 - 12:03 PM  

Issues related to the RCRA process
The Agencies response to the comments submitted during the open public comment period for FMC's Corrective Measures Study is available in the Document Repository. Click here to download the file in PDF format.

Posted by: BillA on Jun 16, 2012 - 02:00 PM  

Issues related to the RCRA process
Supporting documents for the Preliminary Statement of Basis are available in the Document Repository of this web site.

They are:

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  

Issues related to the RCRA process
Another EPA cleanup of contaminated residential soil is taking place in Tacoma Washington. A fact sheet along with Q & A's is available by clicking here .

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)

Issues related to the RCRA process
FMC has submitted their draft of the Corrective Measures Study (CMS) Work Plan for Volume V to the government agencies for their review and approval. This volume covers the Jeddo Creek tributary between Francis St. and Pearson Rd. The study effects those properties with land in the flood plain of the tributary which include properties on the west side of N. Hartland St. and some properties on Church St, Francis St., Orchard St., Chase Rd. and Sherman Rd. including the mobile home park.

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  

Issues related to the RCRA process
The transcript from the public session held on June 14, 2011, at the Middleport Fire Hall so government agencies with over site of the FMC remediation project in Middleport could receive comments on the draft Corrective Measures Study Report for the Air deposition Area and Culvert 105 is available through this link: Click here

Posted by: BillA on Jul 21, 2011 - 12:49 PM  

Issues related to the RCRA process
The Draft CMS Report for the Air Deposition Area and Culvert 105 study areas is available for review. There is also a much shorter Executive Summary. The Draft CMS Report, Executive Summary and Appendices are available for download as PDF files from the Document Repository on this web site. The full unabridged version is also available at the Middleport Library or at the FMC office at 15 Main St.

Click here to go to the table of contents.

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
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-7017

Written comments can also be E-mailed to

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  

Issues related to the RCRA process
FMC and the government agencies have come to an agreement on how to proceed with the CMS for the Air Deposition Area and Culvert 105. There were 4 requests from the list of directives by the Agencies for changes to FMC's CMS report which FMC did not accept in their letter to the Agencies dated December 10, 2010.

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)

Issues related to the RCRA process
The Agencies responses to comments made during the open public session are available in the Document Repository.
Click here to download a copy.

There were only two written comments submitted during the period and there were no verbal comments made during the session at the fire hall.

There were, however, at least two questions or comments made during one-on-one discussions between residents and representatives from the agencies at the fire hall. Even though these comments may be pertinent to the subject of cleanup and safety, they are treated as private discussions by the Agencies and are not included.

Posted by: BillA on May 25, 2010 - 12:20 PM  

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