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Former A&A Metals Site

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Fact Sheet - November 2010

Remedial Investigation Work Plan for Former A & A Metal Site Available for Public Comment


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) welcomes public comment as it reviews a draft Remedial Investigation (RI) Work Plan for the Former A&A Metal Fabricating Site in the Village of Perry, Wyoming County. The work plan outlines an environmental investigation to be performed at the site. Previous industrial activities at the site have potentially contaminated soil and groundwater on the site. A Remedial Investigation will help to determine the nature and extent of contamination at the site as well as options for cleaning it up, if necessary.

The investigation work will be performed under New York State's Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP). The BCP provides existing or potential property owners financial incentives to promote the voluntary cleanup and redevelopment of brownfield sites. Brownfields typically are former industrial properties where the real or perceived presence of contamination impedes reuse of the site. WCBC Washington, LLC volunteered to clean up the site so that it can be reused for commercial purposes.

Are People Exposed to Contamination

Currently there are no known pathways through which people may be exposed to contamination. However, additional sampling and evaluation of potential exposure pathways is warranted and will be completed during the remedial investigation.

Public Comments about the Remedial Investigation Work Plan

The RI Work Plan is available for public viewing at the locations listed in this fact sheet and electronically by following the links in the right column. NYSDEC will accept written public comments about the RI Work Plan for 30 days, from November 12 until December 11, 2010. Written comments should be submitted to the DEC project manager listed on the following page.

What Will the Upcoming Investigation Work Involve?

The planned remedial investigation will provide further environmental data to determine the nature and extent of contamination and if certain areas of the site require cleanup or other remedial precautions. The RI work will include:

  • Drilling soil borings;
  • Excavating test pits;
  • Installing groundwater monitoring wells, and
  • Sampling and analyzing surface and subsurface soil, fill materials, surface water, sediment, groundwater, and sub-slab soil to evaluate risks to human health, if any.

Next Steps

NYSDEC will consider public comments before it approves the RI work plan. The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) must concur in the approval of the work plan. The approved plan will be available for public review at the locations listed below and on the DEC website. After it is approved, WCBC Washington, LLC may proceed with the environmental investigation at the site. The RI is expected to begin in Winter 2011. NYSDEC will keep the public informed during the cleanup and redevelopment process of the Former A&A Metals site through fact sheets similar to this one.

Site Background

The site was originally built in the early 20th century by Kaustine Furnace & Tank Corporation, a manufacturer of large steel tanks. A&A Metal, Inc. was the last known owner and operator of the Site. A&A also manufactured large metal tanks and industrial smokestacks. A&A ceased operations at the Site in 2001. After A&A ceased operations, the property was marketed for sale and A&A leased a portion of the site for a six-month period to a company named Bion, a manufacturer of manure-based organic soil sold under the label BionSoil. Bion ceased operations on the Site after its lease expired.

Previous environmental investigations at the site identified elevated levels of oil-like semi-volatile organic compounds in the wood floor blocks within the building, within fill materials observed on the sideslopes of the parking lot, and within the sand blast residue. Additionally, elevated levels of metals that exceeded New York State standards were observed in fill materials.

Who Should I Call If I Have Questions About the Site?

Questions and comments are welcome and should be addressed to the following contacts:

Site-Related Environmental Questions
Timothy E. Dieffenbach, Project Manager
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14203
(716) 851-7220

Site-Related Health Questions
Deanna Ripstein, Public Health Specialist
547 River Street
Troy, NY 12180
(518) 402-7860 or (800) 458-1158 Ext. 27860

Locations to View Project Documents

To keep you informed, NYSDEC has set up two locations at which you may view project documents. These locations include:

Village Clerk's Office
Village of Perry
46 N. Main Street
Perry, New York 14530

NYSDEC Region 9 Office
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14203
(Please call for appointment)