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315 North Meadow Street

Background Information

The 315 North Meadow Street property is located near the intersection of North Meadow Street and West Court Street in the City of Ithaca, Tompkins County. The site is approximately 0.2 acres in size and includes a single-story commercial building. The building is a slab-on-grade structure with approximately 2,700 square feet of the space used for dry cleaning service activities. A small single-story addition (approximately 400 square feet) on the north end of the building currently is a barber shop. Asphalt and/or concrete paved parking surrounds the building on the north and west. A gravel parking area is located south of the building. Surrounding land uses include a combination of residential, commercial, and parking.

The site is an active dry cleaning business and has historically been used for dry cleaning services. Tetrachloroethene (PCE) had been used as a dry cleaning solvent in dry cleaning operation until 1999. Presently, PCE is not used at the site; the current operation uses hydrocarbon solvents for dry cleaning. Releases of PCE appear to have occurred during instances of leaks or spills in the building or directly to the ground surface at the southeast corner of the building.

The site remedial program is being performed by the DEC through the State Superfund Program.

In March 2006, as a result of identified hazardous waste disposal, the DEC listed the site as a Class 2 site in the Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites in New York. A Class 2 site is a site where hazardous waste presents a significant threat to the public health or the environment, and action is required.

The Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study Reports were approved by the DEC in 2009 and 2010, respectively. Based on these reports, the Department has prepared a Proposed Remedial Action Plan (PRAP) which is available for public review and comment. The final remedy has been selected by the Department and is detailed in the Record of Decision (ROD).

For More Information

Project documents are available at the following location to help the public stay informed. These documents include the proposed cleanup plan for the site, called the "Proposed Remedial Action Plan".

Tompkins County Public Library
101 East Green Street
Ithaca, New York 14850
(607) 272-4557

Monday - Thursday 10:00am to 8:15pm
Friday - Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Who to Contact

Comments and questions are always welcome and should be directed as follows:

Project Related Questions
Gary Priscott
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Region 7 - Kirkwood Sub office
1679 NY Route 11
Kirkwood, New York 13795-1602
(607) 775-2545, Ext. 116

315 North Meadow Street Documents

Record of Decision 315 North Meadow Street October 2010 (PDF) - (33 pages, 673 kB)

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