Meeting to address coal tar contamination in Granville

T he Department of Environmental Conservation has formed a plan to fix a former manufactured gas plant(MGP) site and will welcome public comment next month.

A two-year investigation found that subsurface soil and groundwater beneath the 10-acre site have been contaminated by coal tar, which migrated from the former MGP.

This contamination migrated through a gravel layer 10 feet below the ground surface, and coal tar spread to the north, under approximately 4 acres of the NYSEG property and to the west under the Mettawee River and the adjoining portion of the Little League property, according to the DEC.

While officials said there are no current health-related exposures to the contaminants, they recommend cleanup to prevent future or further spread of contamination.

The proposed, $14,350,000 remedy for the New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) site includes the removal and offsite disposal of coal tar contaminated soil beneath three areas in the village.

Among these are the former MGP site, which sits behind the Little League fields, a 700-foot long section of the Mettawee River, which will require a temporary diversion of the river, and a small area of the Little League fields, according to the DEC.

Additionally, remediation includes in-situ solidification of coal tar contaminated soil near the property, recovery wells, other removal and a site management plan.

NYSEG has agreed to investigate and remediate the site to a level that is protective of public health and the environment, and NYSEG and the state’s Department of Health will provide oversight for the process, according to the DEC.

“The proposed remedy is protective of human health and the environment, cost-effective, compliant with statutory requirements and utilizes permanent solutions to the maximum extent practicable,” according to a release.

NYSEG will cover the cost of the remediation. In an informational letter the DEC sent out, other alternatives were listed, including not fixing the problem or excavating and removing various amounts of soil across the site at different depths.

On Thursday, March 13 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., representatives will hold a public meeting at the village offices to discuss proposed remediation. Community members can also send written comments until March 30, 2014 to Henry Willems, Project Manager, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, 11th Floor, Albany, N.Y., 12233 or by email to htwillem@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

More information and documents are also available at the Pember Library. For site-related health questions call Wendy Kuehner at 402-7860 or email beei@health.state.ny.us.

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Sentinel in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , ,

Classifieds 03/04/14

Banner year for Whitehall RailRiders

Snowmobile club 1

By Dan King This year has been fantastic for the Whitehall RailRiders snowmobile club, in more ways than one. For […]

Granville MMA fighter to be featured on CNN

Prieur in ring

By Derek Liebig A Granville woman who has spent two-and-a-half years training in mixed martial arts will have her story […]

Students, faculty join to boost school spirit

DSC_0050

By Derek Liebig Granville Central School pride was alive and well, at least for one night, as students, faculty and […]

Whitehall golf second in state for GPA

Whitehall Soccer

The fall 2014 season was great for Whitehall athletes on the course and field, and it continues in the classroom. […]

WHS to host musical Friday and Saturday

Musical

Students at Whitehall High School will be performing a musical this weekend. March 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. each […]

Teacup auction

The Wells United Methodist Church will host a Giant Teacup Auction on Friday, March 13, at the Modern Woodman Hall […]

Solomon Northup reenactor in Salem

The Salem Courthouse Community Center, 25 East Broadway, continues its March Civil War series at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March […]

Village of Granville taxes to increase

By Derek Liebig A decrease in revenues will lead to a tax increase for village residents. The Granville Village Board […]

Ice fishing clinic at Carter’s Pond

Families who wish to learn the sport of ice fishing are welcome to attend a free ice fishing clinic taking […]

Granville man arrested for heroin

A Granville man is facing drug charges after he was found in possession of heroin and marijuana. Brian L. James, […]

Legault officially leaving in May

Liz Legault

By Dan King Whitehall Central School Superintendent Liz Legault will leave the district in May. Legault was officially introduced as […]