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Town and Village of Adams

Environmental Restoration Site Number B00156

Abandoned drums and debris at the site before cleanup
Debris from past site uses was removed
as part of the cleanup.


This once abandoned site is now used as a village office in addition to space for the South Jefferson Rescue Squad.

Site Description

This site consists of two distinct parcels. Once parcel was used as a car dealership, and several small gas stations were located on the southwest corner. The second parcel was used as a gas station and auto dealership. The primary contaminants of concern were related to petroleum products which leaked and/or were directly dumped onsite.

A bulldozer demolishes the on-site building
Demolition of on-site building


DEC conducted a cleanup at both parcels which included asbestos abatement, building demolition, and the removal of 13 underground storage tanks, 3,495 tons of petroleum contaminated soil, and 27,311 gallons of petroleum contaminated water. Site investigations found that the remediation successfully addressed onsite contamination. Institutional controls are in place to prevent the reuse of groundwater for drinking water and to provide for the use of vapor barriers.

New municipal building built on remediated site
The remediated site now houses a new municipal


The Town and Village of Adams constructed a jointly owned municipal building on one parcel. The building was financed with funds from the New York State Department of State Local Government Efficiency Program, which promotes shared municipal services. The Village sold the second parcel to the South Jefferson rescue Squad in 2010 for expansion of their building and parking.

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