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Topic: Issues related to the RCRA process

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Issues related to the RCRA process
Senator Maziarz and Assembly Woman Corwin submitted a guest view to the Lockport Union Sun & Journal which appeared in the Thursday, September 26, 2013 edition. It may also have appeared in other local newspapers such as the Medina Journal-Register.

The view is in support of a less drastic approach to remediation in Middleport and suggests the only person who can change the remedy decision made by the DOH/DEC is Governor Cuomo.

Click here to read the guest view.

Posted by: BillA on Sep 27, 2013 - 12:34 AM  

Issues related to the RCRA process
Senator Maziarz and Assemblywoman Corwin have written a letter to Governor Cuomo expressing their disappointment in the DEC decision directing the Air Deposition Area of Middleport and properties bordering Culvert 105 be remediated as prescribe in their Final Statement of Basis where CMA-9 was the selected remedy.

The Senator and Assemblywoman asked the Governor to work with them for a more acceptable solution for the community.

To view the letter, click here.

Posted by: BillA on Jun 27, 2013 - 11:45 PM  

Issues related to the RCRA process
The Agencies have released their Final Statement of Basis regarding cleanup of the Air Deposition Area of Middleport and along Culvert 105. To review the document click here.

The responses to comments submitted to the Agencies during the public comment period last summer has also been released. To view these responses click here.

To review the Announcement from the Agencies click here.

Posted by: BillA on May 29, 2013 - 12:24 PM  

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  

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