The New York Department of Environmental Conservation has scheduled a public availability session for 6-7 p.m. Sept. 19 to discuss the upcoming cleanup and answer questions regarding the former Rome Cable site in Rome.
The session is at the South Rome Senior Center, 112 Ridge St.
Rome residents and others may visit at any time during the session to ask questions and discuss the planned work, which is scheduled to start in October and be completed in June. Demolition of the main building complex is expected before January, according to the DEC. Details of the sequence of work and scheduling will be available.
The 19-acre site is at Henry and Jay streets and was formerly used for making wire. According to a DEC fact sheet, the main building contains asbestos-impacted debris abandoned fuel tanks, wood block flooring and other wastes. The area outside the building footprint is covered with debris, broken pavement and abandoned rail lines. Sewer and stormwater utilities transect under the building foundations, and groundwater is 3 to 10 feet below ground.
The primary contaminants of concern are asbestos-containing materials; polychlorinated biphenyls, also known as PCBs; and semi-volatile and volatile organic compounds above standards.
According to the DEC’s amended record of decision for the site, the planned work consists of demolition of existing structures, excavation of contaminated soil, and placement of fill and cover with either existing foundations or at least one foot of soil to support future commercial use.
The DEC says steps will be taken by contractors to reduce hazards, including wetting construction areas and covering truck loads with tarps to prevent the migration of dust. The air around the work zone perimeter will be constantly monitored, with a requirement for no visible dust, and levels that would trigger a work shut down and corrective measures will be conservative. Noise will also be monitored at the site perimeter to comply with local ordinances.
In addition, stormwater management and erosion control will be required, and flaggers will be used to control traffic in and out of the site.
The remediation is separate from work already done elsewhere on the Rome Cable grounds. Cold Point Corp., currently located on Success Drive in west Rome’s industrial park, will relocate to a portion of the former Rome Cable complex that has been remediated. On the land the DEC planning to work on, the city envisions a small industrial park.
A factsheet on the plan is at http://www.dec.ny.gov/data/der/factsheet/633073cubegins.pdf.
Further details are in the DEC’s online database of remediation sites: https://www.dec.ny.gov/cfmx/extapps/derexternal/index.cfm?pageid=3. The site to be remediated is known as Site No. 6333073.