Written by Andrea Ordonez Friday, 08 October 2010 00:00
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) will be holding a public meeting to discuss the No Further Action Remedy proposed for the Penetrex Processing Company site in Glenwood Landing. This is the first time the No Further Action Remedy has been proposed for this site. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at Glenwood Landing Elementary School.
The site, whose borders corner both commercial buildings and residential homes, was declared a “Class 2” site by the DEC in 1993. It harbors tetrachloroethylene, a solvent used for dry-cleaning, which has contaminated the site’s groundwater.
Since 2001, the site has been monitored to measure whether or not the solvent was spreading to other areas. Chemical oxidation and sub-slab depressurization have been applied to the site to contain the solvent.
The lack of the solvent’s dispersal is one of the reasons the NYSDEC has proposed the No Further Action Remedy. If approved, the proposal will ensure that the practices of chemical oxidation and sub-slab depressurization will continue to be used on the site, and that no new decontamination procedures will be introduced. The Remedy would also limit residential development in the area and restrict the use of the site’s groundwater.
Those who cannot attend the meeting can leave written comments about the proposal.
“Public comments are an important part of the Department’s citizen participation program,” Lori Severino, a public relations representative of the NYSDEC, said. “If a comment uncovers a critical flaw with the proposed remedy it would have a large impact compared to a comment on punctuation.”
The public comment period for this proposal ends Oct. 29.