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Study Area - City of Corning, Steuben County

NYSDEC Project ID 851046

Corning Incorporated entered into an Order on Consent with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) in July 2014 to characterize the nature and extent of fill material in the Study Area, which is bounded by Pyrex St., East Pulteney St., Post Creek, and the Chemung River. DEC initiated characterization of the adjacent Expansion Area (residential properties west of Pyrex Street to Centerway and north of East Pulteney Street to Interstate Route 86) under the State Superfund Program in May 2015. NYSDEC has established this web page to provide the public with information on the investigation activities.

Map showing Expansion Area
Map showing Expansion Area of Corning Study Area site.

Public Involvement Activities

NYSDEC held public meetings and availability sessions about the project in July and October 2014, March 2015, and May 2016.

Additional public meetings will be held at later stages of the project as necessary and will be announced here.

Corning Incorporated prepared the following plan as required by NYSDEC to help the public stay informed:

Project Divided into Five Operable Units

The project has been divided into five operable units as listed below.

An operable unit (OU) represents a portion of a remedial program for a site that for technical or administrative reasons can be addressed separately to investigate, eliminate or mitigate a release, threat of release or exposure pathway resulting from the site contamination.

  • OU1 - Residential Area: The primary residential area including Houghton Park and excluding OU2. It is bounded by school properties to the south, NYS Flood Control lands to the east, East Pulteney Street to the north, and Pyrex Street to the west.
  • OU2 - Residential Area at the Eastern End of Corning Boulevard
  • OU3 - School/Community Use Areas: Properties owned by the Corning-Painted Post School District, Corning Christian Academy, and the City of Corning (Memorial Stadium and land in front of the firehouse).
  • OU4 - Flood Control Areas: The southern and eastern most portions of the Study area including flood control structures, levies, and adjacent portions of the Chemung River and Post Creek.
  • OU5 - Off-site Areas: The off-site Expansion Area consisting of the residential areas immediately to the north and west of the boundaries of Study Area. The Expansion Area is further bounded by I-86 to the north, Centerway (NYS Route 414) to the west, and the Guthrie Medical Center property (Potential Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Site No. 851051) to the south.

See Study Area and Expansion Area Operable Unit Map (PDF) (535 KB)

Document Access Information

Information regarding access to other pertinent documents not linked to this page is provided below.

NYSDEC Fact Sheets

The links below provide access to Fact Sheets prepared by NYSDEC; and Questions and Answers documents prepared by NYSDEC and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH).

Work Plan Documents

Complete copies of the documents listed on this web page and other documents pertaining to the Study Area Characterization, are available in hard copy for public review at the following locations:

  • Southeast Steuben County Library
    300 Nasser Civic Center Plaza
    Suite 101
    Corning, NY 14830
    Region 8 Office
    6274 East Avon-Lima Rd.
    Avon, NY 14414
    Contact Linda Vera for an appointment

Additional information regarding the Study Area Characterization project may be obtained by contacting NYSDEC's Avon Office at 585-226-2466 or NYSDEC's Albany Office at 518-402-9814. Also, a link to pertinent information from Corning Incorporated regarding the Study Area Characterization is provided in the right column - "Links leaving DEC's Website".