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Construction to Commence for Geddes Brook Interim Remedial Measure

Fact Sheet April 2011

Action is about to begin that will address contamination and begin the restoration related to Geddes Brook/Ninemile Creek ("site") located west of the New York State Fairgrounds in the Town of Geddes, Onondaga County, under New York's State Superfund Program.

The Interim Remedial Measure (IRM) for the site includes the removal of sediments and floodplain soils within and adjacent to Geddes Brook between the West Flume and Ninemile Creek and the Outfall 019 Drainage Ditch. Following the removal of sediments and floodplain soils, the area will be restored as a functioning steam channel and wetland planted with native species. The cleanup activities will be performed by Honeywell (the "responsible party") with oversight provided by NYSDEC and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH).

Highlights of the Upcoming Cleanup Activities

The goal of the cleanup action for the site is to achieve cleanup levels that protect public health and the environment. This will be achieved through the removal of soils and sediments and the restoration of Geddes Brook and adjacent floodplain and wetlands. Primary actions include:

  • Removal of approximately 84,000 cubic yards (cy) of soil and/or sediment from the Geddes Brook channel and adjoining floodplains, the Geddes Brook culverts, the Outfall 019 drainage ditch and associated floodplains.
  • Consolidation of removed soil/sediment at the LCP Containment System.
  • Treatment of construction water at a treatment plant being constructed on the LCP Bridge Street property.
  • Relocation of the Geddes Brook channel downstream of the culverts.
  • Placement of clean materials throughout the area and restoration of the Geddes Brook creek bed, banks, floodplains, wetlands, and habitats.

Impacts to the public associated with this project are expected to be minimal. The majority of the work will be performed within the limits of the site via access roads. Construction entrances off State Fair Boulevard and Bridge Street are expected to be used to transport materials. Hours of operation are expected to be normal working hours (7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday). The work is not expected to impact public utilities in the area.

Next Steps

Honeywell, with NYSDEC oversight, is expected to start construction at the site in the spring of 2011. Soil and sediment removal is expected to be completed in December 2011, and restoration of the site completed in 2012. Construction of the Construction Water Treatment Plant (CWTP) at the LCP Bridge Street property has started.

The removal of sediments and floodplain soils within and adjacent to Ninemile Creek downstream of Geddes Brook is anticipated to begin in 2012. This project is being coordinated with the remediation of Onondaga Lake.

NYSDEC will keep the public informed during the cleanup of the site.

Background

The Site is listed as a Class 2 site in the State Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Sites (list of State Superfund sites). A Class 2 site represents a significant threat to public health or the environment and requires action. The Site is also part of the Federal Onondaga Lake National Priorities List Superfund site.

Geddes Brook is located in Onondaga County, New York on the southwest side of Onondaga Lake. Geddes Brook originates in the Town of Camillus and flows approximately 3 miles northeast to its confluence with the West Flume, and then an additional 1,600 feet to Ninemile Creek. The area being addressed by this Interim Remedial Measure consists of lower Geddes Brook which is located downstream of the confluence with the West Flume, the Outfall 019 drainage ditch, and adjacent floodplains.

Lower Geddes Brook receives surface water inflow from the West Flume and from the Outfall 019 drainage ditch. Before entering Geddes Brook, the West Flume flows through the former LCP Bridge Street facility (which was historically the primary source of mercury to Geddes Brook via the West Flume), which produced chlor-alkali products and was the subject of a separate remedial action. Remedial construction was completed at Operable Unit 1 (OU-1) of the LCP Bridge Street site (LCP OU-1) in 2007. The remedial construction included the excavation of approximately 132,600 cy of soil and sediment from site upland and wetland areas, including 22,500 cy from the West Flume. The excavated material was placed in an onsite containment system, designed specifically to accommodate the LCP-related materials, and also with the flexibility to allow for the consolidation of materials from the Geddes Brook/Ninemile Creek site. Following the excavations, the LCP OU-1 site, including associated wetlands and the West Flume, was restored.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Where to Find Information

Project documents are available at the following locations and on DEC's website (Region 7 - Environmental Remediation Project Information) to help the public to stay informed. These documents include the Remedial Design describing the IRM for the site.

Onondaga County Public Library
Syracuse Branch at the Galleries
447 South Salina Street
Syracuse, New York 13204
Phone: (315) 435-1800

Solvay Public Library
615 Woods Road
Solvay, NY 13209
Phone: (315) 468-2441

Atlantic States Legal Foundation
658 West Onondaga Street
Syracuse, New York 13204
Phone: (315) 475-1170
NYSDEC
615 Erie Boulevard, West
Syracuse, New York 13204
Phone: (315) 426-7400
Hours: Mon - Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Please call for an appointment

NYSDEC
625 Broadway, 12th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-7016
Phone: (518) 402-9676
Hours: Mon - Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Please call for an appointment

Who to Contact

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

Project Related Questions

Mr. Tracy A. Smith
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway, 12th Floor
Albany, New York 12233-7013
(518) 402-9676
E-mail: txsmith@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Project Related Health Questions

Mr. Mark Sergott
New York State Department of Health
547 River Street
Troy, New York 12180-2216
(800) 458-1158, Ext. 27860
E-mail: beei@health.state.ny.us

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State Superfund Program: New York's State Superfund Program (SSF) identifies and characterizes suspected inactive hazardous waste disposal sites. Sites that pose a significant threat to public health and the environment go through a process of investigation, evaluation, cleanup and monitoring.

NYSDEC generally attempts to identify parties responsible for site contamination and require cleanup before committing State funds.

For more information about the SSF, visit: Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Site Program (Superfund)

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