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Fumex Sanitation Site

Cleanup Action Completed at State Superfund Site
Final Engineering Report Approved

Fact Sheet - August 2012

Location of Fumex Superfund Site in Garden City

Fumex Sanitation, Inc.
Site Number: 130041
Village of Garden City Park
Town of North Hempstead, New York

Action has been completed to address the contamination related to Fumex Sanitation, Inc. ("site") located at 131 Herricks Road, Garden City Park, Nassau County under New York State's State Superfund Program. Please see the map for the site location. The Final Engineering Report states that cleanup requirements have been or will be achieved to fully protect public health and the environment for the proposed site use.

The cleanup activities were performed by NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. The approved Final Engineering Report has been made available to the public.

(Note: Because of document file size limitations, additional appendices and project documents can be viewed at the locations listed below under "Where to Find Information".)

Highlights of the Final Engineering Report

The Final Engineering Report has several goals:

  1. describe the cleanup activities completed;
  2. certify that cleanup requirements have been achieved or will be achieved for the site;
  3. describe any institutional/engineering controls to be used. An institutional control is a non-physical restriction on use of the site, such as a deed restriction, when contamination left over after the cleanup action makes the site suitable for some, but not all uses. An engineering control is a physical barrier or method to manage contamination such as a cap or vapor barrier; and
  4. certify that a site management plan for any engineering controls used at the site has been approved by NYSDEC.

Next Steps

It is the intention of NYSDEC to reclassify the site from the Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal sites.


Location: The Fumex Sanitation site is an inactive hazardous waste site located on the corner of Bedford Avenue and Main Street (also known as Herricks Road) at 131 Herricks Road in the Village of Garden City Park in the Town of North Hempstead, Nassau County, New York.

Site Features: The 1.13 acre site includes a one-story brick building and a paved parking area in the rear. The site is bordered on the north by Bedford Avenue, Herricks Road on the east, residential property to the west, and commercial property to the south. Access to the site is from the Bedford Avenue.

Current Zoning/Use(s): The site is currently inactive, and is zoned for commercial use. The surrounding parcels are currently used for a combination of residential, commercial, light industrial, and utility right-of-ways. A residential area borders the site to the west along Bedford Avenue.

Historic Use(s): Fumex Termite Service Corporation operated a commercial termite extermination business at this location from 1952 to 1992. Reportedly, the originally unpaved parking lot was sprayed regularly with chlordane for insect control from 1952 to 1978. The parking lot was then paved sometime between 1978 and 1981. In 1981, a chlordane rinse water spill of less than 30 gallons occurred in the asphalt parking lot. Some of the rinse water entered a dry well located within the parking lot. Site investigations confirmed that chlordane and other pesticides contaminated soil and the groundwater beneath the site and the soil of a neighboring yard.

Site Geology and Hydrogeology: Beneath the Fumex Sanitation site are approximately 800 feet of unconsolidated deposits overlying bedrock. The shallowest soils beneath the site consists of sands and gravels, and is approximately 100 feet thick in the vicinity of the Fumex Sanitation site. The depth to groundwater is approximately 40 to 50 feet below the gravel. Shallow groundwater flow is generally to the southwest.

Additional site details, including environmental and health assessment summaries, are available on NYSDEC's environmental site database.

For More Information

Where to Find Information

Project documents are available at the following location(s) to help the public to stay informed. These documents include plans and specifications and the decision documents describing the selected remedy for the site.

Shelter Rock Public Library
165 Searingtown Road
Albertson, NY 11507
Phone: (516) 248-7363
Hrs: Mon., Tues, Thurs. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.;
Wed. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.;
Fri. 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.;
Sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.;
Sun. 1 - 5 p.m.

Who to Contact

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

Project Related Questions
David J. Chiusano, Project Manager
NYSDEC - Div. of Env. Remediation
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-7017
Phone: (518) 402-9814 or 888-459-8667
{Call for an appointment}

Site-Related Health Questions
Jacqueline Nealon
New York State Department of Health
Flanigan Square
547 River Street
Troy, New York 12180-2216
Phone: (800) 458-1158 ext. 2-7880

Citizen Participation Specialists
Bill Fonda/Aphrodite Montalvo
NYSDEC Region 1
50 Circle Road
Stony Brook, NY 11790
Phone: (631) 444-0350