EPA REQUESTS COMMENTS ON THE DELETION OF THE BEC TRUCKING SITE,
BROOME COUNTY, N.Y., FROM THE NATIONAL PRIORITIES LIST
NEW YORK, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that it has completed cleanup work at the BEC Trucking Superfund site in Vestal, N.Y., and is proposing to delete the site from the National Priorities List (NPL). The agency is seeking public comment on this proposal. The NPL is EPA's list of those contaminated sites in need of long-term federal response.
"EPA, is conjunction with the state of New York, has determined that all appropriate response measures have been implemented and that no further cleanup action is required," stated Constantine Sidamon- Eristoff, EPA's regional administrator. "EPA has determined that the implemented remedy is protective of public health, welfare, and the environment. This deletion does not preclude future actions under Superfund."
Deletion Process and Comment Period
Before EPA can delete a site from the NPL, the agency must obtain concurrence from the state in which the release was located and obtain public comment on the proposed deletion. The public comment period for this proposal opened on Aug. 19, and will close on Sept. 18.
"The comments received during the comment period will be evaluated before any final decision is made. EPA Region II will prepare a Responsiveness Summary which will address the comments received during the public comment period," said Sidamon-Eristoff.
Deletion of a site from the NPL does not affect responsible party liability or impede agency efforts to recover costs associated with response efforts.
If after consideration of these comments, EPA decides to proceed with deletion, the EPA Regional Administrator will place a notice of deletion in the federal register. The NPL will reflect any deletions in the next final update. Public notices and copies of the Responsiveness Summary will be made available to local residents by Region II.
EPA Region II will accept and evaluate public comments before making a final decision to delete. The agency believes that deletion procedures should focus on notice and comment at the local level. Comments from the local community may be most pertinent to deletion decisions. The public is invited to comment on the proposed decision to delete this site from the NPL. The public comment period began Aug. 19, 1992 and will extend for thirty days. Written comments must be received no later than Sept. 18, 1992 and should be addressed to:
Arnold Bernas, Remedial Project Manager
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
26 Federal Plaza, Room 29-30
New York, N.Y. 10278
Oral comments will also be received through Sept. 18, 1992 and should be directed to Bernas at (212) 264-7612.
Local repositories have been established to provide detailed information concerning this site at the following addresses:
Vestal Public Library Vestal Town Hall
320 Vestal Parkway East and 605 Vestal Parkway West
Vestal, New York 13850 Vestal, New York 13850
The BEC Trucking site is an open lot of approximately 3.5 acres located in the Town of Vestal, Broome County, N.Y. The area surrounding the site is primarily industrial and commercial.
Concerns related to contamination at the BEC Trucking property began in May 1982, when the Town of Vestal found evidence of possible illegal dumping of miscellaneous debris and the improper storage of approximately 50 drums containing what appeared to be petroleum and chemical products. This discovery led to an NYSDEC inspection of the site. NYSDEC's inspection revealed 20 drums containing various liquid waste materials, most of which were waste engine or cutting oils, and some of which appeared to contain enamel reducers, paint thinners, and waste solvents; the others were empty.
In August 1983, the property owner contracted with an NYSDEC- approved waste hauler to remove the 50 surface drums. Some stained soil located around the drums was excavated and contained in drums on-site; these drums were removed by EPA in March 1991.
Although the site did not pose a risk to human health, it was included on the National Priorities List in June 1986, based on potential future dangers which never developed.
A study was conducted at the site in 1988 to determine the nature and extent of the contamination at and emanating from the site, to determine what threat the site poses to public health and the environment, and to evaluate remedial alternatives. As a result of the previous cleanup activities conducted at the site in 1983, EPA, in consultation with the State of New York, has determined that the BEC Trucking site does not pose a significant threat to human health or the environment, and therefore, taking additional remedial measures is not appropriate.
In September 1989, EPA signed a Record of Decision (ROD) for this site, selecting "No Further Action." This alternative includes performing no further remedial action at the site to remove, remediate, or contain any contaminated soils. The ROD also calls for the development and implementation of a monitoring program to ensure that the site does not pose future threats to human health and the environment, particularly with respect to the potential exposure pathways to the adjacent wetlands. The monitoring program includes the collection of surface-water, ground-water, and sediment samples along the western and northern margins of the site, and at various locations in the adjacent wetlands, during high and low-flow conditions initially and again in five years. Initial sampling results showed no exposure paths exist at this time, and therefore, there is currently no known risk to human health.
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