DEC seeks comment on Rome Turney work plan

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The public is invited to comment on a draft work plan being reviewed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation to investigate the former Rome Turney Development site located at 109 Canal St.

The draft investigation work plan, called a “Remedial Investigation Work Plan,” (RIWP) was submitted to the DEC under New York’s Brownfield Cleanup Program. The investigation will be performed by Rome Turney LLC, with oversight by NYSDEC and the state Department of Health.

How to comment:

NYSDEC is accepting written comments about the Draft RIWP for 30 days, now through Oct. 29.

Access the RIWP and other project documents online through the DEC information locator: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/C633090/.

Submit comments to the NYSDEC project manager listed under Project-Related Questions in the “Who to Contact” area.

Highlights of the Proposed Site Investigation:

The investigation will define the nature and extent of contamination in soil, groundwater, and any other parts of the environment that may be affected.

Previous investigations have detected volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds (VOCs and SVOCs), primarily polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and metals in soil and groundwater on site. Non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) has also been historically documented at the site.

Key components of the investigation work include:

Conducting test pit explorations and sampling soil to delineate the nature and extent of possible on-site sources of contamination; and

Installing and sampling new and pre-existing groundwater wells to monitor impacts from areas of concern both on-site and off-site.

Next Steps:

NYSDEC will consider public comments, revise the plan as necessary, and approve the work plan. NYSDOH must concur with the plan. After the work plan is approved, the activities detailed in the work plan will be implemented.

When the investigation is completed, a report will be prepared and submitted to NYSDEC that summarizes the results. NYSDEC will review the report, make any necessary revisions and, if appropriate, approve the report. After the investigation, a proposed cleanup plan, called a “Draft Remedial Work Plan” will be developed. The cleanup plan will include an evaluation of the proposed site remedy, or recommend a no action or no further action alternative.

The goal of the cleanup plan is to ensure the protection of public health and the environment. NYSDEC will present the proposed cleanup plan to the public for its review and comment during a 45-day comment period.

NYSDEC will keep the public informed throughout the investigation and cleanup of the site.

Site Description:

The site is approximately 1.4 acres in size and is bordered to the north by a former railroad right-of-way, to the east by Erie Boulevard, to the south by a vacant parcel along Jasper Street, and to the southwest by Canal Street. The site was originally developed in the late 1880s, and has been used for various industrial purposes since.

The on-site buildings were demolished in early 2020, but the concrete building slabs remain. Following cleanup, the site will be redeveloped for future multi-family residential use or commercial use.

Additional site details, including environmental and health assessment summaries, are available on NYSDEC’s Environmental Site Remediation Database (by entering the site ID, C633090) at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/cfmx/extapps/derexternal/index.cfm?pageid=3

Brownfield Cleanup Program:

New York’s Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) encourages the voluntary cleanup of contaminated properties known as “brownfields” so that they can be reused and redeveloped. These uses may include recreation, housing, business or other uses.

A brownfield site is any real property where a contaminant is present at levels exceeding the soil cleanup objectives or other health-based or environmental standards, criteria or guidance adopted by DEC that are applicable based on the reasonably anticipated use of the property, in accordance with applicable regulations.

For more information about the BCP, visit: https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8450.html.

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