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Topic: Issues related to the RCRA process

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Issues related to the RCRA process
On October 28, 2008, Dr. Terri Bowers gave a presentation at the Junior High School on "Arsenic in the Environment". Dr. Bowers discussed how arsenic is a naturally occurring element in our environment, where it typically is found and how people are exposed to it. Some detail was given on the studies performed in New York State and in particular Middleport. To view the slides of Dr. Bowers' presentation click here.

For information about Dr. Bowers, click on the Read Full Article link below



Posted by: BillA on Oct 30, 2008 - 12:16 PM  Read full article: '"Arsenic in the Environment" by Dr. Terri Bowers' (142 more words)

Issues related to the RCRA process
RFI Volume 4 is now available in the Document Repository.

This volume covers the investigation of Culvert 105 from the inlet on the Coe Property near the railroad tracks to the sewage treatment plant at the north end of North Hartland Street. This Culvert is part an old storm drainage system which is underground south of the canal but an open ditch for part of its run north of the canal. It runs behind the properties on the east side of N. Hartland Street north of Sleeper St.

Early remedial actions last year cleaned up contamination and buried the open sections using culvert pipe between the canal at Margret Droman Park and Sleeper St.

You can go directly to the download section by clicking here. Look for the Volume 4 references. Volumes 1 and 2 are also in this section.



Posted by: BillA on Oct 21, 2008 - 12:17 PM  

Issues related to the RCRA process
These questions were submitted to the CIG through the "Leave a Comment" section of this web site

Why would FMC endanger all residents with the remediation of the soil by digging it, hauling it to a CAMU, and then testing it? If it is tested positive then it has to be removed again. How is it tested? Per what measurement per load is it tested before more is dumped onto it?

If CAMU is filled, why is there not a plan in place prior to remediation for another site instead of waiting until it is near full to find an alternative site? To be able to get another site it must be approved through several sessions by the NYSDEC, correct? Then this would alternately stop remediation and open ground with contaminates at the remedial site, correct?

With out a liner doesn't contaminates run off and run through the soils of the surrounding areas. Isn't this why the remediation is taking place now because of run off from FMC that contaminated the soil in and around Middleport? Your response to protecting the residents in the area by stating, "Due to the levels and nature of the contaminated soil that would be placed in the CAMU, there will be "little prospect of any migration" from the CAMU. Moreover, FMC has an active groundwater control system in place to deal with any migration." Does it deal with migration or does it only detect migration? Please explain. Thank you

Click on the "Read Full Article" link below to read FMC's answers.

Note: Feel free to leave comments.

Posted by: BillA on Oct 03, 2008 - 12:20 PM  Read full article: 'Q/A About the CAMU Proposal' (1196 more words)

Issues related to the RCRA process
Dr. Watts presentation "A Citizen's Role in the CMS and Risk Assessment" is now available on DVD. Beginning Monday, September 8, you can get a free copy at the Middleport Village Hall on Main St., the Middleport Free Library on Vernon St., the Middleport Family Health Center on Rochester Rd or by sending a request to feedback@middleport-future.com.

The DVD can be played on a regular DVD player connected to your TV or on your computer equipped with a DVD drive, not a CD drive, and with a player installed.

Dr. Daniel Watts is professor of chemistry and director of the Material Characterization Laboratory at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He provides technical expertise to the Middleport Remediation Advisory Group (MRAG) and the Middleport Community Input Group concerning the environmental remediation activities in Middleport being undertaken by FMC Corp.

During a workshop, which was held at the Middleport Scout House on August 12, Dr. Watts informed residents of their rights and responsibilities in terms of providing feedback and suggestions to the Agencies and FMC regarding the plans outlined in the Corrective Measures Study (CMS). He also provided additional information on the CMS process and identified the periods throughout the process when public input is sought.

In addition, Dr. Watts discussed the citizen's role in the determination of risk assessment in Middleport. Risk assessment is the process of identifying and documenting actual and perceived risks to human health or the environment and allow further evaluation and appropriate remediation responses.

If you prefer to review the slides Dr. Watts showed during his presentation, they are available in our document repository. Find them in the Meeting Presentations section or by clicking here.



Posted by: BillA on Sep 07, 2008 - 12:23 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 feedback@middleport-future.com.

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
here
.

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: http://agr.wa.gov/PestFert/Fertilizers/ProductDatabase.htm


  • 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  

Issues related to the RCRA process
The work plan for the Phytoremediation Pilot Study is now available for downloading in the document repository on this site. The Pilot Study work plan is in two parts: the text and the figures at the end of the document.

Note: To go directly to the downloading area for this Pilot Study work plan, click here.

Posted by: Wally on Jun 10, 2008 - 07:34 PM  

Issues related to the RCRA process
The RFI document for the facilities investigation of Middleport and surrounding areas has been divided into 10 volumes. The division of the area for the various volumes are shown on two maps which have been added to the document repository or can be viewed by clicking here. Each area or volume is color coded on the first map except those for Volumes 6 and 7 which are north of Person Rd consisting of Jeddo and Johnson Creeks. They are shown on the second map.

Volume 1 is the history of the area and includes aerial photos as far back as 1931 and Sampson maps showing the village layout of buildings and their usage as far back as the 19th century. Volume 1 is in 2 files and posted in the document repository in the RCRA Document Library.

The CIG has asked FMC to treat Volume 4, Culvert 105 and its flood zone, with high priority and Volumes 5 and 6, the tributary of Jeddo creek both north and south of Pearson Rd, with medium priority. Volume 2, the air deposition area in the village has been completed and submitted to the agencies for approval. That file is also large and is not in the repository yet.



Posted by: BillA on Jun 10, 2008 - 02:16 PM  

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