DEC says Kingsley Ave. site no longer poses threat

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The State Superfund Program site on Kingsley Avenue was recently reclassified as it no longer presents a significant threat to public health and/or the environment, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

The DEC determined that the cleanup requirements to address contamination related to the NM - Rome Kingsley Ave. MGP site located at 233 Kingsley Ave. in Rome — under New York’s State Superfund Cleanup Program — have been met. 

The cleanup activities were performed by National Grid with oversight provided by the DEC, according to information.

“The NM — Rome Kingsley Avenue site is a former manufactured gas plant (MGP) located at 233 Kingsley Avenue in a residential and commercial district in the City of Rome, ... The site is approximately 21.6 acres in size and was operated full time from 1917 until 1930, when the production of gas shifted to emergency capacity. By 1949, all gas manufacturing equipment had been removed, and the central building was converted to a service and maintenance facility. The building was eventually demolished in 1994,” according to a DEC fact sheet.

The commercial zoned site is bordered by railroads on the north side, the Mohawk River on the west and the City of Rome Public Works facility to the east. 

Residential properties are situated near the Kingsley Avenue entrance.

Providing more information about the site’s contaminant history, “The gas manufacturing process involved the heating of coal and/or petroleum products to produce a gas mixture. Once cooled and purified, the gas was distributed through a local pipeline network. The gas was used for heating and cooking much like natural gas is used today. In the early years, the gas was also used for lighting in homes and in streetlights. A dense, oily liquid known as coal tar would condense out of the gas at various stages during its production, purification and distribution, and be discharged to the subsurface,” the fact sheet continues.

Additional site details are available on NYSDEC’s Environmental Site Remediation Database (by entering the Site ID, 633043) at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/cfmx/extapps/derexternal/index.cfm? pageid=3

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