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Camden wire officially delisted as hazardous waste site

Posted 5/21/20

CAMDEN — The Blakesley Road former Camden Wire disposal site has officially been deemed no longer a hazard, according to reports. On May 15, the New York State Department of Environmental …

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Camden wire officially delisted as hazardous waste site

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CAMDEN — The Blakesley Road former Camden Wire disposal site has officially been deemed no longer a hazard, according to reports.

On May 15, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation deleted the identified 10-acre site from the New York State Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites following a recent public comment period.

“The 60-day notification period and inclusive 30-day public comment period have ended. These requirements were established for the proposed deletion of sites from the registry,” reads a statement from the DEC.

History

According to the DEC, “the Camden Wire Company operated a disposal lagoon system at this rural location off of Blakesley Road until 1984. It consisted of three lagoons that were in close proximity to the west branch of Fish Creek. Waste copper drawing lubricant was dumped into the first lagoon at a rate of approximately 40,000 gallons per year, where it remained for 3-5 years. ... A 1979 report confirmed the likelihood that maximum copper contamination was in the first lagoon, which had a cloudy green coloration. ... Camden Wire signed a consent order in January, 1984 to cease using the Blakesley Road lagoons, and admitted that sampling from Test Well #1 showed contravention of groundwater standards for copper, iron, manganese, and lead. … After closing the site, Camden Wire removed the remaining liquid drawing lubricant and residual waste. Two lagoons were pumped into the West Branch of Fish Creek using a diffuser. Then the copper mud was dredged from the lagoons and sent to a recycler for recovery. This would be followed by the filling of the lagoons with clean soil, grading of the filled lagoons for drainage (no cap installed), and seeding.”

Information from the DEC continues that Camden Wire transferred ownership of the parcel in 1985 to a private individual with a deed restriction stating that no drinking wells were to be drilled on site. 

In 1999, two new shallow monitoring wells were drilled and all three monitoring wells on site were last sampled in September 1999 and March 2000. At that time, there were elevated levels of copper, lead, iron, and manganese - all contaminants of interest to authorities, the NYSDEC information continues.

Now

“Remediation at the site is complete. Prior to remediation, the primary contaminants of concern were Copper, Lead, Iron, and Manganese in groundwater and soil. Controls are required to ensure the protectiveness of the site. The required controls, in the form of a deed restriction (which prohibits the use of groundwater for drinking water) are in place. Site use is subject to local zoning only,” reads an online assessment, “...measures are in place to control the potential for coming in contact with residual contamination remaining in subsurface soil and groundwater.”

Questions about the deletion of the site or to review any associated documents on file with the NYSDEC may be directed to project manager, Jenelle Gaylord, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Remediation, at jenelle.gaylord@dec.ny.gov or by calling 518-402-9813.

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