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EPA SELECTS CLEANUP ACTION FOR SUPERFUND SITE IN VESTAL, N.Y.

 EPA SELECTS CLEANUP ACTION FOR SUPERFUND SITE IN VESTAL, N.Y.
 NEW YORK, April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection agency (EPA) has selected a cleanup action for contaminated groundwater at the Robintech Inc./National Pipe Co. Superfund site, an active manufacturing facility located at 3421 Old Vestal Road in the Town of Vestal, Broome County, N.Y. The cost of the construction of the cleanup system is expected to be approximately $2.2 million. It will be operational about two years after system design is finalized. Superfund is the federal program to address hazardous waste sites.
 EPA Regional Administrator Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff said, "We have completed the lengthy but necessary process that brings us to this significant milestone, the selection of the remedy for the contaminated groundwater associated with the site. Additional sampling of the soils and sediments on site will be conducted to determine if more remedial work is necessary.
 "We intend to use our Superfund enforcement authority to make those responsible for causing the problem pay to correct it," Sidamon-Eristoff emphasized.
 The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has reviewed the selected remedy and agrees with EPA's decision.
 NYSDEC Commissioner Thomas C. Jorling said, "New York state has worked closely with EPA to develop remediation plans for the Robintech Superfund site and numerous other hazardous waste disposal sites across the state. Selection of the remedy for this site is another major milestone and further evidence of the substantial progress that government is making to correct the legacy of hazardous waste disposal in our state."
 The major components of the remedy for the site include:
 -- Installation of extraction wells to remove contaminated groundwater;
 -- Installation of an air stripping treatment system to remove volative organic compounds (VOCs) from the pumped groundwater;
 -- Discharge of the treated water to the on-site process plant for use as a coolant or to the permitted outfall;
 -- Implementation of a long-term monitoring program which will include the collection and semiannual analyses of the on-site wells and discharge from the extraction wells in order to track the movement, if any, and concentrations of the contaminants of concern.
 -- Recommendations for institutional controls in the form of deed restrictions to the appropriate authorities (on- and off-site restrictions) in order to prevent the extraction of groundwater for potable purposes.
 The site conditions will be evaluated at least once every five years to determine if a modification to the selected alternative is necessary.
 EPA held a public comment period from Feb. 21, 1992, through March 23, 1992, to provide interested parties with the opportunity to comment on-site related documents and the proposed remedy for the Robintech site. As part of EPA's community participation program related to site activities, a public information meeting was held at the Vestal Town Hall on March 18, 1992, to discuss the cleanup options and to present EPA's proposed remedy for controlling contamination at the site.
 Site Background
 The site was owned by Robinson Technical Products from 1966 to 1970; Robintech, Inc. from 1970 to 1982; and the Buffton Corp. from 1982 to the present. It is currently occupied by LCP National Plastics, Inc. and one of Buffton's subsidiaries, Electro-Mech, Inc. The facility manufactures polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe from inert PVC resin and assembles plastic-coated cable. A NYSDEC effluent sample collected in 1984 to verify discharge permit compliance found certain organic constituents above standards that were not covered under the company's existing permit. Further investigation resulted in the conclusion that the source of contamination was the groundwater, pumped from beneath the site and used in the pipe production cooling system. The groundwater is contaminated with VOCs including benzene, toluene, and trichloroethylene. The soil and sediments will be the subject of a separate action by EPA.
 Enforcement History
 The Robintech site was placed on the EPA National Priorities List (NPL) in 1986. A Superfund Administrative Order on Consent (AOC) for the performance of a Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study (RI/FS) was issued by EPA in 1987 to General Indicator Group, Inc. (a successor of Robintech), Buffton, Buffton Electronics (now named Electro-Mech, Inc.), and National Pipe Company. McLaren/Hart, retained by Buffton, implemented the EPA-approved RI/FS work plan. The RI Report was approved by EPA in October, 1991. The revised FS Report was submitted to EPA in December 1991. All of the above parties have been identified as Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs).
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 /CONTACT: Rich Cahill of EPA, 212-264-2515/ CO: Robintech Inc.; National Pipe Co.; U.S. Environmental Protection
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