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Village of Middleport
Topic: Issues related to the RCRA processThe new items published under this topic are as follows.
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
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 email@example.com.
Posted by: BillA on Aug 21, 2008 - 01:11 PM
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)
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)
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:
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
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
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
Posted by: Wally on May 29, 2008 - 09:55 AM Read full article: 'New Q/A About the CAMU Proposal' (1343 more words)
It should be noted the government agencies have declined to accept the results of this study. The Community Input Group is seeking a clarification of the reasons.
Click the "Read Full Article" link below for the summary extracted from the FMC document "CMS Work Plan for the Air Deposition Area" also in the document repository of this site (See the story below "Corrective Measures Work Plan Now Available".)
Posted by: BillA on May 19, 2008 - 09:03 PM Read full article: ' Investigation of Middleport Environmental Exposure to Arsenic' (501 more words)
Part 1 and Part 2.
The air deposition area consists of the residential homes between Main St. and the Niagara/Orleans county line and the canal to Route 31 (Rochester Rd.). The CMS does not include the School property since that has been remediated.
Posted by: BillA on May 15, 2008 - 12:38 PM Read full article: 'Corrective Measures Study Workplan Now Available' (40 more words)
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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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