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Planned Cleanup For Powers Chemco

The second floor of the Sea Cliff Village Library was filled to capacity last Thursday night as members of the community and politicians, including Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello, showed up to hear the New York Department of Environmental Conservation’s (NYSDEC) proposed plan for clean-up of the former Powers Chemco property. The property, a vacant 1.4 acre site located at 71 Charles Street, was deemed a  Class “2” in the State Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Sites. It is considered to be a significant threat to public health and the environment.

 

The NYSDEC is proposing to amend the 1991 Record of Decision (ROD) for the Powers Chemco site, formerly known as the Columbia Ribbon and Carbon Manufacturing Company site, based on investigations that the site contained contaminants of concern including toluene, xylene, ethylbenzene, methyl ethyl ketone and benzene in the groundwater and soil vapor. This is based on the decision that the remedial action was unsuccessful and that contaminants were still present at the site.

 

“There are three principal aquifers in the area of this site: the Upper Glacial, Magothy and Lloyd,” said DEC spokesperson Girish Desai. “The City of Glen Cove draws water from the 200-300 foot zone of the Magothy from public supply wells located east of the site.”

 

Desai indicated that based on a 2011-12 report from the Environmental Consulting & Management firm Roux Associates, there was no detection of contaminants in the Magothy or other aquifers, but results from an offsite monitoring well located to the north of the site contained concentrations of xylene and ethylbenzene.

 

The report also stated that contaminants were detected in perched groundwater but that they were contained in the main area and did not spread out to the regional groundwater.

 

The DEC’s proposed plan of action is an excavation and off-site disposal of approximately 10,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil. The excavations will be backfilled with clean fill. In-situ chemical oxidation (ISCO) will be used to remediate residual contaminated groundwater and impacted soils after the excavations are complete.

 

The cost of the proposed project is estimated at $5,504,900.

 

Desai assured the public that all potential exposure pathways to site related contaminants have been evaluated.

 

“We want to make sure that no one in the community is exposed to the remediation and excavation process. Dust levels will be continuously monitored to ensure that there will be no chemical contamination migrating offsite to any of the nearby residences.”

 

The proposed project is expected to begin no later than March 31.

 

“This is an important project for the City of Glen Cove on a very important parcel of land,” said Mayor Spinello. “I have seen the remediation plan and I think it is terrific. It is an important component to the city to have this property remediated.”

 

NYSDEC is accepting written comments about the proposed plan for 30 days, until Feb. 17. The documents for plan are available for review at the Glen Cove Public Library.  


News

 It has been five years since a particularly heavy rainfall closed all the beaches in Glen Cove including Crescent Beach. As per Nassau County Department of Health standards, beaches are ordered closed after heavy rainfall because of storm water runoff that adversely affects bacteria levels at local beaches. Typically, bacteria levels subside within a day or so, allowing for the beaches to be reopened. This was not the way it went with one popular beach after the June 2009 rain storm.

 

“Unfortunately, this was not the case with Crescent Beach,” said Glen Cove Parks & Recreation Director, Darcy Belyea, at last Wednesday night’s public forum at Glen Cove City Hall. “Elevated levels of microbiological contamination continued to be found in the bathing water months after the heavy rain and recent samples show they are still elevated today.”

 

Belyea was one of a number of panelists at the public forum, which included Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello, City Attorney Charles McQuair, Director of the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee Eric Swenson and representatives from the Nassau County Department of Health. 

Movie lovers once again have a chance to see first-run films in the theater without having to travel far. Glen Cove Cinemas re-opened last week, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and free films offered to celebrate the occasion. 

 

“Thanks to all of the support we have here and all of you, Glen Cove is once again open for business,” said Mayor Reginald Spinello at the ceremony, held outside the theater on Thursday, April 10. “We were scheduled to open last week, and there were a few things that weren’t ready...I got a call from the theater operator, Jay Levinson, and he told me that unfortunately, that day Spiderman had the flu,” he joked. “But, Spiderman is well and Glen Cove is well, and we are coming back strong. This is just the beginning. This is going to be so good for Glen Cove and the surrounding communities.”


Sports

 

Glen Cove High School players, from left, Tajah Garner, Dejon Taylor, Manny Sican, and Ralik Jackson, after the Long Island Colts u18’s team vs. St. Anthony’s at Robert Finley Middle School last week. Touchdown ‘tries’ by Garner, Taylor and Sican.


The third- and fourth-grade Knights took to the road last weekend as they faced off against Jericho early Sunday morning, April 6.  Jericho’s teamwork and hustle brought down the Knights by a final score of 5 – 0.  The early game may have been a factor as the boys started to play better and more like a team as the game went on.  Once again, goalie Tyler Shea played outstanding in goal and was relieved by Christian Maiorano, who did just as well in the second half.  Andrew Guster played solid defense in the loss.


Calendar

Eggstravaganza - April 16

Live Music - April 16

Community Easter Egg Hunt - April 19


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