Members of the public trickled into South Rome Senior Center Wednesday night to hear from the Department of Environmental Conservation on the state’s plans at the former Rome Cable site.
The site, vacant for over 10 years, was named to the department’s “superfund” program in April and for being classified as “present(ing) a significant threat to public health and/or the environment.” Under the superfund program, the state will bear the full cost of demolition of the structure on South Jay and Henry streets and the site remediation that follows.
The department plans for work to begin in October, with a January completion date set for demolition work.
Remediation of toxins at the site should be completed in June, officials said.
As it stands, the site contains asbestos-impacted debris, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), abandoned fuel storage tanks, impacted wood block flooring and other wastes, the department has noted. Soil on the site also contains “volatile organic compound(s)” that exceed state safety standards.
After removal of existing structures, contaminated soil will be removed, officials said.
The department said it will mitigate dust and noise concerns of neighborhood residents by hosing down work sites, covering truck loads with tarps, and keeping the volume in compliance with city ordinances. Traffic will be controlled to keep streets open for residents, as well. Residents can also stay up to date on progress at the site by signing up for the email list at dec.ny.gov/chemical/61092.html.
The DEC cleanup is part of a larger plan for a south Rome industrial park.
Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo has said the city would like to create “up to 200,000 square feet of manufacturing space” on the site, and that the part would meet the demand caused by “a real lack of industrial space throughout the county.”