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ENB - Region 1 Notices 02/03/2010

Public Notice

Pursuant to 6 NYCCR Part 375 of the Environmental Conservation Law or notice requirements of §202 (1) of the State Administrative Procedure Act, or both such statutes, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation hereby gives notice of the following:

Release of the Draft Remedial Action Plan (RAP) for the former Glen Cove Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) Site -Town of Glen Cove, Long Island, New York. The RAP describes the remedy proposed to address site contamination related to the operation of the former MGP site. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) and New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) have found the RAP to be approvable and protective of human health and the environment. The draft RAP is available for public review and comment. This notice begins the formal public 30 day comment period which runs through March 5, 2010.

Brief Project Description: The Glen Cove MGP site is located near the intersection of Grove and Stanco Streets in Glen Cove, Nassau County. It is bounded to the north by the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) tracks, to the south by Grove Street, to the west by Route 107 and Glen Cove Creek, and to the east by residential properties. The site is located within the boundaries of the Glen Cove Brownfields Opportunity Area. An active Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) electrical substation currently occupies a large portion of the site.

A small manufactured gas plant operated on the site from 1904 until 1929. Coal tar contamination from the former MGP operation is the principal environmental contaminant at the site. Contamination is found at least 8 feet beneath the ground surface and is generally limited to the site itself. Some groundwater contamination was found in the immediate vicinity of the tar contamination, but the extent of the contaminated groundwater is limited to the area between the former MGP and Glen Cove Creek.

The presence of the fenced, secured LIPA substation greatly limits the potential for contact with site contaminants, but also limits the ability to access those contaminants for removal. The Remedial Action Plan proposes excavation of the accessible contaminated soils (located outside of the substation), combined with an oxygen injection system to accelerate biodegradation of the dissolved-phase groundwater plume. A deed restriction is proposed, including restrictions on the use of groundwater, a soil management plan to govern future excavation at the site, and provisions for full removal of contamination in the future should the substation be removed or extensively rebuilt.

Copies of the RAP and the Remedial Investigation Report for the site can be viewed at the following repositories:

Glen Cove Public Library
4 Glen Cove Avenue
Glen Cove, NY 11542
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

NYS DEC - Region 1 Headquarters Building
50 Circle Road
Stony Brook, NY 11790
Attention: Walter J. Parish

Written comments will be accepted through March 5, 2010 and may be submitted to the agency contact named below.

Contact: Amen M. Omorogbe, NYS DEC, 625 Broadway, 11th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-7014, Phone: (518) 402-9564, Fax: (518) 402-9679, Email: amomorog@gw.dec.state.ny.us

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