Area Superfund site to undergo remediation


The Leader-Herald

JOHNSTOWN — A city site that was added to the state’s Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites last spring will undergo a “comprehensive remedial program,” according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

DEC Region 5 public spokesman David Winchell in Ray Brook said the New Process Cleaners site at 115 N. Market St. is due to undergo remediation,

According to a DEC public notice issued June 12, the .11-acre site in the heart of the city near the Cayadutta Creek, was added to the registry, which is within the New York state Superfund Program.

Winchell indicated Wednesday that “next step” is the site will be subject to a “comprehensive remedial program,” beginning with a remedial investigation.

The investigation will fully delineate the nature and extent of site-related contamination, extending off-site, as necessary. DEC will engage those deemed potentially responsible for the contamination in negotiations toward funding the work. If no viable parties exist or those parties are unwilling, DEC will undertake the work using the State Superfund and pursue cost recovery.

The Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Site Program, or 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.

New Process Cleaners was 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.

DEC officials say the state 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 are to 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.


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