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ENB - Region 1 Notices

Public Notice

Voluntary Cleanup Project Remedial Action Work Plan for Comment
Lindenhurst Substation (LIRR)

Site No.:
V00394-1

County: Suffolk

Lead Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC)

Project Location: Region 1, Suffolk County, Town of Babylon, Village of Lindenhurst, northeast corner of East Hoffman Avenue and North Broome Avenue and adjacent to the elevated railroad tracks.

Brief Project Description: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority/Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) currently operates the Lindenhurst Substation. The LIRR commenced operation of substations from the early 1930s through 1951 that utilized mercury rectifiers. These rectifiers allowed the LIRR to receive 60-cycle, alternating current (AC) from local utilities and convert it to direct current (DC) for use as a source of electric power for its locomotives and electric passenger car fleet. It is believed that during the early 1980s, the mercury rectifiers were taken out of service and physically removed from the Lindenhurst Substation and replaced with non-mercury containing solid state equipment. Uncertainties surrounding the work practices that may have been employed when managing the operation and maintenance of these mercury rectifiers are suspected to be the cause of contamination.

Environmental Investigations of the site, completed in October 2007, confirmed the impacts of mercury and arsenic contamination to the surface and subsurface soils at the site. The investigations also confirmed the presence of Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in soils adjacent to electrical transformers. The majority of the contamination (mercury, arsenic and PCBs) is present in shallow soils from the surface to 3 feet below grade and is limited to the LIRR property.

Reports describing the investigations are available at the Public Document Repositories listed below.

Proposed Remedial Action: The proposed remedial action for the Lindenhurst Substation includes the excavation and off-site disposal of approximately 100 cubic yards of mercury, arsenic and PCB contaminated soils. The depth of excavation varies from the current grade (ground surface) to approximately three feet below grade. Removal and off-site disposal of surface and subsurface contaminated soils from the site will mitigate the potential for the direct exposure to contaminated soil. When reconstruction of the substation building is complete the LIRR will conduct an investigation to assess the potential for soil vapor intrusion. Institutional controls in the form of a deed restriction and/or environmental easement will be implemented to maintain the industrial nature of the property.

Comment Period: The Remedial Action Work Plan, dated January 2008 is available for review at the locations below. Written comments regarding this work plan and the proposed remedy will be accepted for 30 days following the date of this notice. Written comments expressing objection or opposition to the proposed remedial action must explain the basis of that opposition and identify specific grounds which would lead the Department to impose significant changes to the work plan. No formal response will be made to comments received, but as a result of comments, the Department may reevaluate and make revisions to the work plan.

Public Document Repositories:

NYS DEC, Region One Headquarters
50 Circle Road
Stony Brook, NY 11790-3409
Phone: (631) 444-0240

Lindenhurst Memorial Library
1 Lee Avenue
Lindenhurst, NY 11757
Phone: (631) 957-7755

Contact Person: Robert DeCandia Jr., NYS DEC, Central Office, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-7015, Phone: (518) 402-9621, Fax: (518) 402-9627, Email: rddecand@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Voluntary Cleanup Project Remedial Action Work Plan for Comment
Rockville Centre (LIRR)

Site No.:
V00401

County: Nassau

Lead Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC)

Project Location: Region 1, Nassau County, Town of Hempstead, Village of Rockville Centre, off of Maple Avenue, across from Brower Avenue, and adjacent to the elevated railroad tracks.

Brief Project Description: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority/Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) currently operates the Rockville Centre Substation. The LIRR operated substations from the early 1930s through 1951 that used mercury rectifiers. These rectifiers allowed the LIRR to receive 60-cycle, alternating current (AC) from local utilities and convert it to direct current (DC) for use as a source of electric power for its locomotives and electric passenger car fleet. It is believed that during the early 1980s, the mercury rectifiers were taken out of service and physically removed from the Rockville Centre Substation and replaced with non-mercury containing solid state equipment. Uncertainties surrounding the work practices that may have been employed when managing the operation and maintenance of these mercury rectifiers are suspected to be the cause of contamination.

Environmental Investigations of the site, completed in October 2007, confirmed the impacts of mercury and arsenic contamination to the surface and subsurface soils at the site. The investigations also confirmed the presence of Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in soils adjacent to electrical transformers. The majority of the contamination (mercury, arsenic and PCBs) is present in shallow soils from the surface to 3 feet below grade and is limited to the LIRR property.

Documents describing the Investigation and the Planned Remedial Action are available in the repositories listed below.

Proposed Remedial Action: The proposed remedial action for the Rockville Centre Substation includes the excavation and off-site disposal of six proposed locations, which total approximately 991 square feet in total area of mercury, arsenic and PCB contaminated soils. The depth of excavation varies from the current grade (ground surface) to approximately five feet below grade. Removal and off-site disposal of surface and subsurface contaminated soils from the site will mitigate the potential for the direct exposure to contaminated soil. Institutional controls in the form of a deed restriction and/or environmental easement will be implemented to maintain the industrial nature of the property. The Rockville Centre Substation will be decommissioned and a new substation building will be constructed.

As part of this remediation, the transformer located within the southern excavation area will be removed and stored on-site for off-site removal by the abatement and demolition contractor, and its associated concrete foundation will be demolished and removed. In addition, soil to a depth of 8 feet below the concrete substation slab will be removed from the southwest floor drain and if the suspected dry well and associated rectifier drain pipe is encountered upon removal of the substation building, this structure will be investigated for UIC applicability and contaminant concentration and subsequently closed in accordance with all USEPA and NCDH regulations.

Comment Period: The Remedial Action Work Plan, dated April 2008 is available for review at the locations below. Written comments regarding this work plan and the proposed remedy will be accepted for 30 days following the date of this notice. Written comments expressing objection or opposition to the proposed remedial action must explain the basis of that opposition and identify specific grounds which would lead the Department to impose significant changes to the work plan. No formal response will be made to comments received, but as a result of comments, the Department may reevaluate and make revisions to the work plan.

Public Document Repositories:

NYS DEC, Region One Headquarters
50 Circle Road
Stony Brook, NY 11790-3409
Phone: (631) 444-0240

Rockville Centre Public Library
221 North Village Avenue
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Phone: (516) 766-6257

Contact Person: Tara Diaz, NYS DEC, Central Office, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-7015, Phone: (518) 402-9621, Fax: (518) 402-9627, E-mail: tldiaz@gw.dec.state.ny.us


Voluntary Cleanup Remedial Action Work Plan for Comment
Long Island Rail Floral Park Boulevard Substation

Site No.:
V00389

County: Nassau

Lead Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC)

Project Location: Region 1, Nassau County, Hempstead, Plainfield Avenue

Brief Project Description: The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) operates the Floral Park substation to convert alternating current to direct current to power its locomotive and passenger cars. This substation previously utilized mercury rectifiers for power conversion. These rectifiers were removed and replaced with non-mercury rectifiers in the 1980s. During the use and/or the removal of the mercury rectifiers, soils at the substation became contaminated with mercury. The contamination was investigated and delineated by the LIRR under the provisions of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (Department) Voluntary Clean Up Program (VCP).

Proposed Remedial Action: The remedial action for this site will consist of soil excavation. Soil contaminated above the soil cleanup objectives will be excavated and disposed of at an off-site facility. Data from the investigation indicate approximately 760 cubic yards of contaminated soil will need to be excavated to achieve soil cleanup objectives. Following the removal of this soil end point samples will be collected to confirm soil cleanup objectives have been reached. Additional soil removal may be necessary based on the analysis of these samples. A deed restriction or other institutional control will be required to maintain the industrial nature of the site. After the remediation the site will continue to be utilized as a substation to provide power to the LIRR's fleet.

Documents describing the Investigation and the Planned Remedial Action are available in the repositories listed below.

Comment Period: The Remedial Action Work Plan dated March 2008 is available for comment. Written comments regarding this work plan and the proposed remedy will be accepted for 30 days following the date of this notice, April 23 through May 23, 2008. Written comments expressing objection or opposition to the proposed remedy must explain the basis of that opposition and identify specific grounds that would lead the Department to impose significant changes to the work plan. No formal response will be made to received comments, but, as a result of the comments, the Department may reevaluate and make revisions to the remedial work plan.

Repository:
Floral Park Public Library
17 Caroline Pl.
Floral Park, NY 11001
Phone: (516) 326-6330

NYS DEC Region 1 Headquarters
50 Circle Road
Stony Brook, NY 11790-3409
Phone: (631) 444-0350
Hours M-F: 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Contact Person: Nathan Putnam, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), 625 Broadway 11th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-7015, Phone: (518) 402-9621, Fax: (518) 402-9627, E-mail: neputnam@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Voluntary Cleanup Remedial Action Work Plan for Comment
Long Island Rail Road Nassau Boulevard Substation

Site No.:
V00399

County: Nassau

Lead Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC)

Project Location: Region 1, Nassau County, Garden City, Hempstead, Edgemere Road

Brief Project Description: The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) operates the Nassau Boulevard substation to convert alternating current to direct current to power its locomotive and passenger cars. This substation previously utilized mercury rectifiers for power conversion. These rectifiers were removed and replaced with non-mercury rectifiers in the 1980s. During the use and/or the removal of the mercury rectifiers, soils at the substation became contaminated with mercury. The contamination was investigated and delineated by the LIRR under the provisions of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (Department) Voluntary Clean Up Program (VCP).

Proposed Remedial Action: The remedial action for this site will consist of soil excavation. Soil contaminated with mercury above the soil cleanup objectives will be excavated and disposed of at an off-site facility. Data from the investigation indicate approximately 84 cubic yards of contaminated soil will need to be excavated to achieve soil cleanup objectives. Following the removal of this soil end point samples will be collected to confirm soil cleanup objectives have been reached. Additional soil removal may be necessary based on the analysis of these samples. A deed restriction or other institutional control will be required to maintain the industrial nature of the site. After the remediation the site will continue to be utilized as a substation to provide power to the LIRR's fleet.

Documents describing the Investigation and the Planned Remedial Action are available in the repositories listed below.

Comment Period: The Remedial Action Work Plan dated January 2008 is available for comment. Written comments regarding this work plan and the proposed remedy will be accepted for 30 days following the date of this notice, April 23 through May 23, 2008. Written comments expressing objection or opposition to the proposed remedy must explain the basis of that opposition and identify specific grounds that would lead the Department to impose significant changes to the work plan. No formal response will be made to received comments, but, as a result of the comments, the Department may reevaluate and make revisions to the remedial work plan.

Repository:
Garden City Public Library
60 Seventh Street
Garden City, NY 11530
Phone: (516) 742-8405

NYS DEC Region 1 Headquarters
50 Circle Road
Stony Brook, NY 11790-3409
Phone: (631) 444-0350
Hours M-F: 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Contact Person: Nathan Putnam, NYS DEC, 625 Broadway 11th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-7015, Phone: (518) 402-9621, Fax: (518) 402-9627, E-mail: neputnam@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Voluntary Cleanup Remedial Action Work Plan for Comment
Long Island Rail Road Little Neck Substation

Site No.:
V00395

County: Nassau

Lead Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC)

Project Location: Region 1, Nassau County, North Hempstead, Water Mill Lane

Brief Project Description: The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) operates the Little Neck substation to convert alternating current to direct current to power its locomotive and passenger cars. This substation previously utilized mercury rectifiers for power conversion. These rectifiers were removed and replaced with non-mercury rectifiers in the 1980s. During the use and/or the removal of the mercury rectifiers, soils at the substation became contaminated with mercury. The contamination was investigated and delineated by the LIRR under the provisions of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (Department) Voluntary Clean Up Program (VCP).

Proposed Remedial Action: The remedial action for this site will consist of soil excavation. Soil contaminated with mercury above the soil cleanup objectives will be excavated and disposed of at an off-site facility. Data from the investigation indicate approximately sixteen cubic yards of contaminated soil will need to be excavated to achieve soil cleanup objectives. Following the removal of this soil end point samples will be collected to confirm soil cleanup objectives have been reached. Additional soil removal may be necessary based on the analysis of these samples. A deed restriction or other institutional control will be required to maintain the industrial nature of the site. After the remediation the site will continue to be utilized as an substation to provide power to the LIRR's fleet.

Documents describing the Investigation and the Planned Remedial Action are available in the repositories listed below.

Comment Period: The Remedial Action Work Plan dated January 2008 is available for comment. Written comments regarding this work plan and the proposed remedy will be accepted for 30 days following the date of this notice, April 23 through May 23, 2008. Written comments expressing objection or opposition to the proposed remedy must explain the basis of that opposition and identify specific grounds that would lead the Department to impose significant changes to the work plan. No formal response will be made to received comments, but, as a result of the comments, the Department may reevaluate and make revisions to the remedial work plan.

Repository:
Great Neck Public Library
159 Bayview Avenue
Great Neck, NY 11023-1938
Phone: (516) 466-8055

NYS DEC Region 1 Headquarters
50 Circle Road
Stony Brook, NY 11790-3409
Phone: 631-444-0350
Hours M-F: 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Contact Person: Nathan Putnam, NYS DEC, 625 Broadway 11th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-7015, Phone: (518) 402-9621, Fax: (518) 402-9627, E-mail: neputnam@gw.dec.state.ny.us.


Voluntary Cleanup Agreement Notice of Availability for Comment
Baldwin Shopping Center

Site No.:
V00640-1

County: Nassau

Lead Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC)

Name of Volunteer: Ms. Florence Rosen of Grand Baldwin Associates

Project Location: Region 1, Nassau County, Town of Hempstead, City of Baldwin

Project Description: The site is occupied by a multi-tenant shopping center in which See Him Dry Cleaners is a tenant. The shopping center was constructed in 1958 and is located in a mixed use commercial setting. It was built on-slab with no subsurface structures. A site investigation relating to the presence of the dry cleaners was conducted under the Department's oversight. The investigation revealed the presence of tetrachlorethene (PCE) in soil, soil gas, indoor air and groundwater at the site. While concentrations of PCE in soil and groundwater are low, PCE levels in soil gas and indoor air require mitigation. An active sub-slab depressurization system is proposed to be constructed to capture contaminated soil gas, treat it if necessary, then discharge it to the atmosphere.

Comment Period: The draft remedial action work plan is available for review at the document repositories listed below. Written comments will be accepted for 30 days following the date of this notice. Written comments can be sent to the attention of the NYSDEC project manager listed below. The Department may make revisions to the work plan if any significant new information is received regarding the proposed remediation.

NYS DEC, Region 1
50 Circle Road
SUNY @ Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY 11790-3409
Phone: (631) 444-0240
Mr. Jamie Ascher, Project Manager

Baldwin Public Library
Grand Ave. & Prospect Street
Baldwin, NY 11510
Phone: (516) 223-6228


Nassau County Village Officials Association - Solid Waste Committee Draft Request for Proposals for Municipal Solid Waste Disposal Services on Behalf of the Villages of:

East Rockaway
Freeport
Garden City
Lynbrook
Malverne
Rockville Centre
Valley Stream

The Nassau County Village Officials Association - Solid Waste Committee (NCVOA-SWC) is seeking Proposals from private or public sector entities to provide Disposal Services by means of providing one or more Transfer Stations, or a Designated Disposal Facility. Proposals are due at 99 Church Street in Malverne, New York by 3:00 p.m. on July 23, 2008. The successful Proposer(s) shall commence services on August 20, 2009. The Villages generate approximately 100,000 Tons of Trash, Bulk Waste and Street Sweepings per calendar year; however, the NCVOA-SWC does not provide any commitments regarding quantities to be delivered in the future. Contractors may propose to use the Rockville Centre and the Valley Stream Transfer Stations and to undertake modifications of the Freeport incinerator for use as a Transfer Station as part of their Disposal Services.

Proposals are being solicited for either of the following two (2) Alternates. In addition, the NCVOA-SWC will accept optional Proposals; however, such Proposals will be considered only if submission is made on one (1) of the two (2) following Options.

Proposal Alternate 1: Disposal Services Only

Under this Alternate, the Contractor shall provide Disposal Services at its Designated Disposal Facility. The Contractor shall be responsible for the entire operation and maintenance of the Designated Disposal Facility, including the recovery of Scrap Metals, Tires, and White Goods with Refrigerants from incoming Trash.

  • Contractors are required to submit Proposals identifying both Designated Disposal Facility and a Backup Disposal Facility for the disposal of Solid Waste.
  • The Contractor shall be responsible to provide Hauling Services to Contractor-provided Backup Disposal Facilities when the Designated Disposal Facility is unavailable due to Contractor Fault or Uncontrollable Circumstances.

Proposal Alternate 2: Transfer, Haul, and Disposal

The Proposers selecting Proposal Alternate 2 shall be responsible for the entire scope of services as follows:

  • The Contractor shall be responsible for the entire operation and maintenance of one (1) or more Transfer Stations provided by the Contractor, including the recovery of Scrap Metals, Tires, and White Goods with Refrigerants from incoming Trash.
  • The Contractor shall be responsible for providing, operating, maintaining, and repairing all Contractor Equipment, including rolling stock and containers necessary for the safe and efficient operation of the Transfer Station.
  • Contractors are required to submit Proposals identifying both a Designated Disposal Facility(s) and Backup Disposal Facilities for the disposal of Trash.
  • The Contractor shall be responsible to provide Hauling and Disposal Services to the Contractor-provided Designated Disposal Facility(s) and Backup Disposal Facilities.
  • Contractors are required to submit Proposals identifying both the primary Transfer Station(s) and Backup Transfer Station(s).

Contractors may submit Proposals containing the provision to move Trash from the Transfer Station to Disposal Facilities by rail or by tractor-trailers.

The Draft RFP may be obtained by contacting:

Mr. Joseph J. Hennessy, Trustee
Incorporated Village of Malverne
99 Church Street
Malverne, New York 11565
Phone: (516) 599-1200
E-mail: temmel@malvernevillage.org


Positive Declaration

Nassau County - The Town of Hempstead Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Lighthouse at Long Island may have a significant adverse impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. The action involves the creation of a Planned Development District (PDD) and a request for a change of zone in connection with the redevleopment of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum site and other adjacent properties from the B Residence District, Mitchel Field Hotel District, Mitchel Field Office District and Mitchel Field Office II District to the proposed PDD.

The rezoning is proposed for the purpose of constructing a new mixed-use community, offering sports and entertainment facilities (centered around an upgraded and renovated Nassau Veterans memorial Coliseum), residential, hotel, retail, office and public land uses, as well as off-street parking and other site improvements.

The proposed development program for the site include:

  • Nassau Coliseum upgrade and renovation: 928,000 square feet (435,000 square feet exitsting);
  • Hotels: 913 rooms (612 rooms existing);
  • Convention facilities: 313,000 square feet (113,000 square feet existing);
  • Office space: 2,558,000 square feet (1,558,000 square feet existing);
  • Retail space: 500,000 square feet; and
  • Residential: 2,306 dwelling units.

The project is lcoated at the north and south sides of Hempstead Turnpike, and east and west of Earle Ovington Boulevard, Hamlet of Uniondale, Town of Hempstead, New York.

Contact: Arnold D. Palleschi, Town of Hempstead Department of Water, 1995 Prospect Avenue, East Meadow, NY 11554-3100, Phone: (516)794-8300.


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