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Wastebed B/Harbor Brook Response Action Document- March 2012

Wastebed B/Harbor Brook Site is located to the north and south of Interstate Route I-690 in the City of Syracuse and Town of Geddes, Onondaga County. It consists of Harbor Brook, the Lakeshore Area (including Wastebed B and the East Flume), the Penn-Can Property, the Railroad Area, and areas of study (AOS #1 and AOS #2) east of Harbor Brook (see Figure 2). Wastebed B is a former Solvay wastebed which received Solvay waste (generated by Allied Chemical Corporation operations) from approximately 1898 to 1926. It covers covers approximately 28 acres and is a subsite of the Onondaga Lake Site.

This document authorizes a response action to minimize the release of contaminants into Lower Harbor Brook and/or Onondaga Lake. The objectives of this action are to:

  • Eliminate, to the extent practicable, releases of contaminants from the Outboard Area; and
  • Eliminate, to the extent practicable, potential impacts to human health and to the environment (e.g., to fish and wildlife resources)

The selected response action includes the removal of contaminated soil and sediments and the placement of an isolation cap. The cap will be designed to isolate contamination in remaining sediments and soils. Habitat restoration in the Outboard Area will create emergent wetland areas and a habitat that is more suitable for northern pike reproduction. The restoration design will consider deeper pools for nursery habitat that coincide with the hot spot removal areas as a means of creating variable topography. It is estimated that 152,000 cubic meters (m3) (199,000 cubic yards [CY]) of material will be removed under the selected response action.

This IRM will be coordinated with other remedial activities at the site and the Onondaga Lake bottom remediation. The actual schedule of work will be dependent on how dredging and capping for this area is integrated into the schedule for the Onondaga Lake bottom remediation.

Wastebed B/Harbor Brook Response Action Document- March 2012

Wastebed B/Harbor Brook Response Action Document- March 2012, Part 1(PDF) (2.0 mB, 18 pages)

Wastebed B/Harbor Brook Response Action Document- March 2012, Part 2(PDF) (4.3 mB, 57 pages)


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