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$8.4 MILLION CLEANUP ACTION SELECTED FOR THE FMC DUBLIN ROAD SUPERFUND SITE IN ORLEANS COUNTY, NEW YORK

 NEW YORK, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) have selected a comprehensive cleanup action for hazardous waste problems at a former industrial landfill called the FMC Dublin Road Superfund Site in the towns of Ridgeway and Shelby in Orleans County, New York. It is estimated that the remedy will cost $8.4 million. Superfund is the federal program to address hazardous waste sites.
 Contaminated soils and sediments at the site will be excavated, treated and disposed of on-site. Once design of the cleanup action is finalized, it is estimated that the project can be completed in approximately 13 months.
 The ground and surface water that has been contaminated with chemicals from the site will be extracted and treated. It is likely that the water treatment system will need to be operated for 20 to 30 years.
 EPA Acting Regional Administrator William J. Muszynski, who signed the federal document which formalizes the selection of the cleanup action, said, "We are pleased that this milestone, the selection of a long-term solution, has been reached. We expect to see field work on the cleanup begin some time in 1994.
 "The State of New York has done an excellent job of managing the technical aspects of the process. It has successfully utilized its enforcement authority; and is conducting an active community relations program to keep the public informed about activities related to the site."
 The State issued a Consent Order in February 1988 to the FMC Corporation, which owned and operated the site, to conduct a State supervised investigation into the nature and extent of the contamination. The company was also ordered to monitor the movement of contaminants and to carry out this cleanup action plan. FMC is bearing the full cost of the cleanup project. NYSDEC Commissioner Thomas C. Jorling said, "New York State has worked closely with EPA to develop remediation plans for the FMC Dublin Road Superfund site and numerous other hazardous waste disposal sites across the state. Selection of the remedy for this site is another major milestone in the state and federal programs to remove from New York's landscape the legacy of improper hazardous waste disposal."
 The selected remedy specifically calls for:
 -- Excavation, screening and treating all the contaminated materials (soils and sediments) from the waste pile at the site and other areas of the site that are contaminated above safe levels;
 -- Storage of the treated material in a temporary stock pile and testing it to ensure that it has been treated sufficiently;
 -- Construction of the composite liner(s), leachate collection and removal systems(s) of the customized cell, consistent with State regulations;
 -- Redepositing the treated material in the customized cell;
 -- Rinsing, dewatering, and treating if necessary, all material greater than two inches in diameter and depositing it in the on- site cell;
 -- Installing a cover consisting of a geomembrane, fill, top soil, and vegetation for erosion control, consistent with State regulations;
 -- Collection of contaminated ground water from a series of ground water extraction wells;
 -- Treatment of collected ground water and contaminated surface water, with final discharge to the adjacent Jeddo Creek;
 -- Restoration of the wetlands; and
 -- Installation of fencing, inclusion of deed restrictions and institution of operation and maintenance monitoring.
 The documents related to the site investigation and study of cleanup actions, as well as the cleanup plan preferred by the State and EPA, were released to the public for comment on Jan. 26, 1993. A public comment period on these documents was held from Jan. 26, 1993 through March 15, 1993. In addition, a public meeting to discuss these documents and the preferred remedy was held on Feb. 4, 1993 at the Wise Middle School in Medina, N.Y.
 Site Description
 The 30-acre FMC Corporation (Dublin Road Landfill) site is an inactive waste site divided into two areas known as the north and south parcels. Since 1933, approximately 4 to 6 acres of the south parcel were used to dispose of metals, chlorinated organics, and insecticides. The site also contains a pond, a swampy area, and two inactive rock quarries. The south parcel of the site was used for the disposal of coal ash cinders, residue from lime sulfur filtration processing, and residues from pesticide production areas. FMC stopped disposal activity at the site in 1968. This area is fenced and posted with warning signs. The area surrounding the site is sparsely populated. The site is bounded by the New York State Barge Canal and Jeddo Creek, both of which are used for recreational activities.
 The groundwater, swamp, pond, and quarry soils are contaminated with heavy metals including lead, mercury, and arsenic, as well as pesticides. The site poses a potential health threat to area residents who use private wells located downstream from the site.
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 /CONTACT: Rich Cahill, 212-264-2515, for the EPA/


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