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Time To Cleanup Cleaners Site

Representatives from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Department of Health presented the proposed remedial action plan for the Ronhill Cleaners site at last week’s public hearing at Glen Cove City Hall. The site, located at

71 Forest Ave., is currently occupied by Payless Shoe Source.

 

The State Superfund site was used as retail dry cleaning facility from 1963 to 1993. Improper disposal of tetrachloroethene (or PCE) a dry cleaning agent, resulted in contamination of the soil and groundwater. The site is classified as a Class “2” site in the State

Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Sites, representing a significant threat to public health and the environment.

 

“We investigated the soil and groundwater at the site and found most of the contamination contained within the building and hits of contamination at the northwest corner of the building,” said DEC Site Project Manager Nathan Putnam. 

 

He said that contamination in the soil was 30,000 parts per billion at soil level, 200 parts per billion 150 feet below groundwater along Forest Avenue and 900 parts per billion
200 feet below groundwater along Forest Avenue. These figures are considered significant contamination levels according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards.

 

The DEC’s proposed remedy includes soil excavation, soil vapor extraction and in-situ chemical reduction. Site management including groundwater and soil vapor monitoring and system maintenance will be conducted.

 

“The state came up with six alternatives for remedial action and we chose the alternative that best fit our budget and the public’s needs,” said Putnam. “Our objective is to pull out the contamination from under the building and restore the groundwater to its original state. We also want to prevent migration of contaminants that would result in surface water contamination.”

 

 Putnam added that since the state’s investigation began in 1995, “contaminant levels at the site have been going down due to natural processes but the proposed remedy will help further decrease the levels.”

 

Glen Cove resident Marie Rummo wanted to know if the DEC had chosen a chemical to help deactivate the PCE levels at the site and if adding another chemical would create further problems in the future.

 

“We have used a number of chemical agents at sites similar to this one and they have been very effective,” said Putnam. “We have not selected a chemical yet but we only choose ones that we have a good understanding of.”

 

He said that the chemical chosen could be something as simple as food stock or an iron compound to neutralize the PCE in the soil and groundwater.

 

“As the design goes forward we will announce a more specific remedy.”

 

Putnam added that the design phase will be the next step in the project followed by the budget process which should take 12 to 18 months and then they’ll put the project out to bid.

 

“Within a couple of years we should see some results.”

 

The DEC has been accepting written comments about the proposed plan for 30 days, from Feb. 26 to March 28. The proposed plan is available for review at the Glen Cove Public Library and Glen Cove City Hall.

 

Additional site details can be found on the DEC’s website dec.ny.gov/cfmx/extapps/derexternal/haz/details.cfm


News

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”

The Mayor’s Annual Snapper Derby had plenty of kids, fish and fun on the Pryibil Beach Pier in Glen Cove this past Saturday. On the pier were lots of parents and children fishing for prizes. Below the pier the snappers in the water were only too happy to cooperate with the children trying to catch them. For a while it looked like the children were “catching” and not fishing.


Sports

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.

This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.

All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24. 

 

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Zumba-Thon Fundraiser

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Live Music

Wednesday, Aug. 27

School Supply Program

Saturday, Aug. 30



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