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Posted by: BillA on Nov 23, 2008 - 12:25 PM  

Issues related to the RCRA process
The Middleport Community Input Group has been given maps generated by the agencies showing the arsenic soil contamination levels for the air deposition area of the village. These maps do not show levels for the areas north of the canal.

The agency maps have been drawn showing the averages for each residential property or, in the case of agricultural fields, the average for a 100 by 100 foot square. The first map shows the mean (average) for each property or square of surface soil samples. Typically surface soil sampling is taken from the top 3 inches. The second map shows the highest mean for either just surface or surface and subsurface (up to a foot deep) combined with outliers removed. Outliers are readings either so low or so high they don't make sense when compared to surrounding sampled areas. The location of these outliers are shown by dots on the map which are defined in the legend of the map. The third map is the same as the second only the outliers have not been removed for the calculation. The best map to look at is probably the one showing mean averages with outliers removed.

These maps are different than those generated by FMC which were included in the RCRA Facilities Investigation report, Volume II. The FMC maps were generated by feeding sampling results to a computer program which then drew the contamination levels. As is known for computer programs, the output is only as good as the input and the programing. The agency maps only used mathematics to determine a mean or average and do not show possible variances with in a property but draw each property or square one color. The FMC maps show how the levels of contamination may vary from one section of a property to another.

The agencies' maps are now in the document repository of this web site Click here to download them.

To download the maps from the RFI Volume II FMC generated, click here.



Posted by: BillA on Nov 19, 2008 - 01:42 PM  

Information and news about the CIG
The notes from the CIG's October 23, 2008 CIG meeting are now available. They can also be downloaded using the link below.

Note: Click here to download a copy of the CIG's September 11, 2008 meeting notes in pdf format.

Posted by: Wally on Nov 06, 2008 - 01:14 PM  Read full article: 'October 23 Part I Meeting Notes Now Available' (2311 more words)

Issues related to the RCRA process
This is an article which appeared in the publication Environmental Health Perspectives described the problems of the increasing demand for housing and the concerns of converting former agricultural land to residential developments, some which were once orchards. These orchard areas were treated with pesticides and other chemicals during there productive lifetimes. Now these former orchards are contaminated with arsenic and other chemicals.

The article goes through the history of chemical usage, how these chemicals entered the surrounding soil and how dangerous it is today. What can and should be done with these areas is reviewed.

In particular, the Barber Orchard private residential community development, a 500 acre subdivision near Waynesville, North Carolina, is described and how the arsenic contamination was handled.

To download the article in PDF format from the publication's web site click here.

To view the article in your web browser click here.

To go to the Environmental Health Perspectives home page click here.



Posted by: BillA on Oct 30, 2008 - 01:27 PM  

Issues related to the RCRA process
On October 28, 2008, Dr. Terri Bowers gave a presentation at the Junior High School on "Arsenic in the Environment". Dr. Bowers discussed how arsenic is a naturally occurring element in our environment, where it typically is found and how people are exposed to it. Some detail was given on the studies performed in New York State and in particular Middleport. To view the slides of Dr. Bowers' presentation click here.

For information about Dr. Bowers, click on the Read Full Article link below



Posted by: BillA on Oct 30, 2008 - 12:16 PM  Read full article: '"Arsenic in the Environment" by Dr. Terri Bowers' (142 more words)

Issues related to the RCRA process
RFI Volume 4 is now available in the Document Repository.

This volume covers the investigation of Culvert 105 from the inlet on the Coe Property near the railroad tracks to the sewage treatment plant at the north end of North Hartland Street. This Culvert is part an old storm drainage system which is underground south of the canal but an open ditch for part of its run north of the canal. It runs behind the properties on the east side of N. Hartland Street north of Sleeper St.

Early remedial actions last year cleaned up contamination and buried the open sections using culvert pipe between the canal at Margret Droman Park and Sleeper St.

You can go directly to the download section by clicking here. Look for the Volume 4 references. Volumes 1 and 2 are also in this section.



Posted by: BillA on Oct 21, 2008 - 12:17 PM  

Issues related to the RCRA process
These questions were submitted to the CIG through the "Leave a Comment" section of this web site

Why would FMC endanger all residents with the remediation of the soil by digging it, hauling it to a CAMU, and then testing it? If it is tested positive then it has to be removed again. How is it tested? Per what measurement per load is it tested before more is dumped onto it?

If CAMU is filled, why is there not a plan in place prior to remediation for another site instead of waiting until it is near full to find an alternative site? To be able to get another site it must be approved through several sessions by the NYSDEC, correct? Then this would alternately stop remediation and open ground with contaminates at the remedial site, correct?

With out a liner doesn't contaminates run off and run through the soils of the surrounding areas. Isn't this why the remediation is taking place now because of run off from FMC that contaminated the soil in and around Middleport? Your response to protecting the residents in the area by stating, "Due to the levels and nature of the contaminated soil that would be placed in the CAMU, there will be "little prospect of any migration" from the CAMU. Moreover, FMC has an active groundwater control system in place to deal with any migration." Does it deal with migration or does it only detect migration? Please explain. Thank you

Click on the "Read Full Article" link below to read FMC's answers.

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Posted by: BillA on Oct 03, 2008 - 12:20 PM  Read full article: 'Q/A About the CAMU Proposal' (1196 more words)

Information and news about the CIG
The notes from the CIG's September 11, 2008 CIG meeting are now available. They can also be downloaded using the link below.



Note: Click here to download a copy of the CIG's September 11, 2008 meeting notes in pdf format.

Posted by: Wally on Sep 24, 2008 - 11:42 AM  Read full article: 'September 11, 2008 Part I Meeting Notes Available' (2151 more words)

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