The second meeting of the Powers Chemco property site at Glen Cove City Hall last Thursday night focused on health concerns in the surrounding area. Spokesmen from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Department of Health (DOH) and other environmental experts discussed the extent of the contaminated soil and water at the site. It was a continued discussion on the proposed clean-up of the State Superfund site, which was formerly occupied by the Columbia Ribbon and Carbon
Manufacturing Company, and now located within the 15-acre Konica Minolta property.
“After careful studies, we found that the contaminated soil and water table poses no threat to nearby residences,” said Nathan Epler, a hydrogeologist from the environmental consulting and management firm Roux Associates.
Epler said that in 2007-2008 a soil vapor intrusion investigation was conducted at residences adjacent to the site so see if any contamination was impacting people’s homes. The study found that there was low level contamination in the soil vapor but, “not at levels where action was needed.”
In 2011-2012, a follow up investigation was conducted to further delineate the levels of contamination within the soil.
Joe DeFranco, director of environmental protection of the Nassau County Department of Health, said that his department has done analysis of the site to make sure the community will be protected during all of the remediation.
He listed the inhalation of contaminated air as the primary exposure route during the excavation process.
“We are putting a Community Air Monitoring Plan (CAMP) in place, which provides specific procedures for measuring, documenting, and responding to potential airborne contaminants during the remedial action,” said DeFranco.
He listed other possible routes of exposure as contaminated drinking water or derma contact from touching contaminated soil.
“As far as the drinking water is concerned, it has already been stated that public supply wells are not contaminated and the NCDOH monitors these wells on a regular basis. As for the public getting contaminated soil on their skin, there is no chance of that happening as that situation doesn’t exist here.”
One resident at the meeting was concerned about the safety of neighborhood children, saying that there were two elementary schools and a playground within a half mile of the contaminated property.
“The state is continuously monitoring the air, particulate and soil at the site,” said Epler. “We are making sure that nothing migrates off of that site.”
Another question concerned the purity of the clean fill that will replace the contaminated soil at the site.
“The clean fill or fill dirt is being transported in from private gravel quarries and sand pits. The fill is tested to make sure that it is 100 percent clean.”
Work is scheduled to begin in March on the property.
Project documents are available for review at the Glen Cove Public Library; additional site details, including environmental and health assessment summaries, are available on NYSDEC’s website at: www.dec.ny.gov/cfmx/extapps/detexternal/haz/details.cfm?pageid=3&progno=130028.
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00
A visit to the Village Wine Merchant in Sea Cliff is more of a learning experience than merely a shopping outing. The staff aims to help customers find exactly what they are looking for, and is happy to educate and eager to develop a relationship with customers to better serve them. The wine store on Sea Cliff Avenue just celebrated its one year anniversary, considered a significant landmark in Sea Cliff.
“It’s a tradition in Sea Cliff to not hold a ribbon cutting until a business has hit the one year mark,” said Mayor Bruce Kennedy. “Otherwise, we’d be holding them all the time...too many don’t make it. If you can make it a year, you can make it 30 years.”
Saturday, 13 September 2014 00:00
Known for her love of exotic cars, sophisticated leather fashions and a penchant for giving back, part-time Long Islander Joanne Del Prete-Rosten can often be seen driving around town in her Lamborghini LP550, which is decked out in the colors of her clothing company, Canto NYC. On Sunday, Sept. 14, those interested in getting a closer look at the car that has become somewhat of a local celebrity can see it on display with hundreds of exotic cars at the sixth annual Gold Coast Concours/Bimmerstock event, presented by Martino
Auto Concepts and benefiting the Diabetes Research Institute. Rain or shine, the event will take place in downtown Glen Cove from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to spectators. For those wanting to register a car, the fee is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the event.
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
At the end of July, children from across Long Island traveled to Pierce Country Day Camp in Roslyn to make a big splash for disaster relief. Two events hosted by the American Red Cross gave young swimmers the opportunity to put their skills to the test, all while raising money to support their local Red Cross.
In late July, hundreds of children came out to the venerable Pierce County Day Camp to swim laps in support of the Red Cross. The children raised a collective amount of over $11,000.
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
Glen Cove High School graduate and former All-County basketball star Garen Spendjian has proven that hard work and dedication to a sport you love can pay off.
The Armenian National Basketball Team player will soon begin his professional basketball career with the El Shams basketball team of Cairo, Egypt. The 6’5” Spendjian will play both the power forward and small forward positions for El Shams of the Egyptian Super League.