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DEC calls for public comment on Wheatfield site

Fri, Feb 23rd 2018 03:00 pm
The public is invited to comment on a proposed remedy being reviewed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to address contamination related to the Ekonol Polyester Resins site located at 6600 Walmore Road, Wheatfield. Please see the map for the site location. Documents related to the cleanup of this site can be found at the location(s) identified below under "Where to Find Information" at the DEC website. Additional site details, including environmental and health assessment summaries, are available on NYSDEC's website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/cfmx/extapps/derexternal/haz/details.cfm?pageid=3&progno=V00653.
NYSDEC is accepting written comments about the proposed plan for 30 days through March 22. The Remedial Alternatives Report containing the proposed site remedy is available for public review at the location identified below under "Where to find information." Submit comments to the NYSDEC project manager listed under project related questions in the "Who to contact" area.
The Ekonol Polyester Resins Site is located on 15.2 acres of a 55.1-acre parcel at 6600 Walmore Road in the Town of Wheatfield. The site is bordered by the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station to the north, Walmore Road to the east, Bell Aerospace and Niagara Falls Boulevard to the south, and the Niagara Falls International Airport to the west. The Niagara River is located approximately three miles south of the site.
This site was the subject of a multi-phase site characterization study completed under the VCP. The findings revealed that chlorinated volatile organic compounds (VOCs) related to former degreasing operations were found in subsurface soil in the vicinity of the former underground concrete tank adjacent to the Ekonol Polyester Resins facility. These contaminants were also found in sub-slab soil vapor under the office area of the adjacent St. Gobain building. Impacts to overburden and upper bedrock groundwater quality from chlorinated VOCs were also documented, with concentrations highest near the former underground concrete tank and progressively decreasing to non-detect values in downgradient wells south of the source area.
Project documents are available online at http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/69902.html.
For project-related questions, contact Glenn May [email protected] or by phone at 716-851-7220. For site-related health questions, contact Stephen Lawrence at [email protected] or by phone at 518-402-7860.

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