DEC declares Superfund site

The state Department of Environmental COnservation has declared this site on North Market Street in Johnstown as a Superfund site worthy of clean-up. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — The state Department of Environmental Conservation has added the New Process Cleaners site at 115 N. Market St. to New York’s registry of state Superfund sites.

According to a DEC public notice issued Wednesday, the .11-acre site in the heart of the city near the Cayadutta Creek, was a recent addition to the Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites within the New York state Superfund Program.

The release indicates that the Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Site Program (the State Superfund Program) involves the identifying, investigating, and cleaning up of sites where the disposal of hazardous waste may present a threat to public health and/or the environment.

The DEC maintains a list of these sites in the Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites.

New Process Cleaners has been added to the registry as a “Class 2” site that presents a “significant threat” to public health and the environment because previous operations at the site resulted in contamination of soil and groundwater at levels exceeding applicable standards, criteria and guidance values, the public notice said.

“Additional investigations are needed to define the nature and extent of contamination on and off of the site, as well as to evaluate associated current and potential human exposures,” the notice says.

DEC officials say it will keep the public informed throughout the investigation and cleanup of the site. Those who own property adjacent to the New Process Cleaners site and are renting or leasing property to someone else, should share this public information with them.

For more information, the public can direct questions to: Samantha Salotto, project manager, state Department of Environmental Conservation, 1115 state Route 86, P.O. Box 296, Ray Brook, NY 12977-0296; or samantha.salotto@dec.ny.gov; or (518) 897-1241.

Site-related health questions can be directed to: Melissa A. Doroski, MPH, state Department of Health Bureau of Environmental Exposure Investigation, Empire State Plaza, Corning Tower, Room1787, Albany, NY 12237; or beei@health.ny.gov; or (518) 402-7860.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.