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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 announced at the March 22, 2017 public meeting that the comment period about the Proposed Decision Document (PDD) for Operable Units 01, 02, and 05, as well the PDD for Operable Unit 03 would be extended for an addition 30 days after the feasibility studies have been released. The new end date for public comment is April 24, 2017. The March 2017 fact sheet below at "NYSDEC Fact Sheets" describes how to provide comments. The following are links to the two Proposed Decision Documents and the two Focused Feasibility Study/Alternatives Analysis Documents:

NYSDEC and the Department of Health (DOH) held an Availability Session and a Public Meeting on March 22, 2017 to present the proposed cleanup plans, answer questions and receive public input on the plans.

• View the presentation used at the public meeting: Study Area - Project Update and Proposed Remedy Presentation (PDF, 706 KB)

Information provided at the availability session includes:

What is Exposure? (link leaves DEC's website)

Healthy Gardening (link leaves DEC's website)

Examples of How the Remediation and Restoration May Look

  • Case Study: Community Soil Remediation Project
  • Location: Middleport, Niagara County, New York
  • Sponsors: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; New York State Department of Health
  • Project Highlights:
    • Soils were contaminated with arsenic by air deposition from a former agrochemical manufacturer.
    • DEC remediated and restored nearly 30 properties in a residential neighborhood and portions of grounds at a neighboring High School and Middle School.
    • Worked closely with residents to minimize disturbances, maintain access to houses, and restore property features with owner input.
    • Implemented strict safety protocols to minimize construction traffic, potential exposure to dust, and monitored vibration during construction activities.
    • Restored properties with clean backfill and topsoil. Restoration included new sidewalks, driveways, pools, sheds, trees, landscaping, etc. for all areas that could not be protected in-place during excavation.
    • Achieved No Further Action (NFA) status for every property.

View a related fact sheet that includes remediation and restoration photos: Community Soil Remediation Project (PDF, 3.81 MB)

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:

How the Site Management Plan Might Work

  • Who Writes the Plan: Corning Incorporated
  • Who Approves the Plan: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; New York State Department of Health
  • Plan Highlights:
    • Identify all use restrictions (for example, Memorial Stadium is restricted residential) and engineering controls (for example, soil cover).
    • Include provisions to maintain access agreements where necessary to inspect and/or perform excavation work in areas with soil covers. Access agreements for site management with property owners are expected to be similar in form to the ones used for investigation and/or remedial work.
    • Include a soils management plan outlining requirements if the property owner intended to disturb remaining target fill or soils above the soil cleanup objectives. A very generic excavation work plan is included as Appendix [X] in the Site Management Plan template (see link below).
    • Require periodic inspections to ensure the remedy remains in place and continues to be effective.
    • Outline steps necessary to track property ownership changes to ensure new owners get notifications and reminders.
    • Describe the system of notifications and reminders to property owners to keep stakeholders informed of planned work which might impact the soil covers. An example would be an annual reminder letter from Corning Incorporated to the City of Corning requesting to be informed of any building permits or other approvals they grant for properties within the Study Area where target fill or soils above the soil cleanup objectives remain after the remedy.
    • Provide contact information for DEC, DOH and Corning Incorporated.

View a template for a Site Management Plan which would be used as a starting point to develop a specific plan for the Study Area: http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/remediation_hudson_pdf/smptemplate.pdf

An area-wide site management plan will apply to the full Study Area. Property owners with impacted soils remaining below a site cover system will receive an individual report of conditions about their own property. This report will identify areas on their property with known remaining impacted soils and refer to the Study Area site management plan. Contact information will be provided in the individual plans for questions and assistance in following the plan.

2017 Soil Sampling in the Study Area Where No Layers of Target Fill Have Been Found to Date

NYSDEC announced at the March 22, 2017 public meeting that additional sampling would be occurring this spring to complete the investigation in the portion of the Study Area where no layers of ash, brick and glass fill have been found to date. This sampling will focus on areas where there are gaps in the existing data. Below is a link to the mailing residents will receive related to this proposed work:

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 Plans and Other 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
    607-936-3713
  • NYSDEC
    Region 8 Office
    6274 East Avon-Lima Rd.
    Avon, NY 14414
    Contact Linda Vera for an appointment
    585-226-5324

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".

Other Locations Which Potentially Have Similar Concerns

NYSDEC is pursuing Orders on Consent for Site Characterizations to be performed at the following locations which are suspected of having target fill similar to the Study Area:

  • 851051 Guthrie Clinic - located at 130 Centerway in Corning, NY
  • 851050 City of Corning Fire Department - located at 2 Corning Boulevard in Corning, NY
  • 851053 Corning Mini Storage - located at 3656 State Route 414 in Corning, NY
  • 851047 Centerway Pedestrian Bridge Approach - located at Center Way/Corning Boulevard in corning, NY
  • 851037 Steuben Glass LLC - located at One Museum Way in Corning, NY
  • 851054 Former Days Inn - located at 23 Riverside Drive in corning, NY - this site recently submitted an approvable final engineering report and a site management plan. The site characterization and interim remedial measure work has been completed.