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ENB Region 7 Completed Applications 02/10/2010

Tioga County


International Business Machines Corporation
New Orchard Rd
Armonk, NY 10504


Lockheed Martin - IBM Owego
St Rte 17C
Owego, NY 13827

Application ID:


Permit(s) Applied for:

Article 27 Title 9 Non-RCRA Hazardous Waste Management

Project is Located:

Owego, Tioga County

Project Description:

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has made a tentative determination to renew a permit to conduct corrective action and has prepared a Draft Permit pursuant to 6NYCRR Part 373 Hazardous Waste Management. A Fact Sheet, which summarizes the permitting process, the descriptions of the permit application and draft permit, has also been prepared.

The facility is located on State Route 17C in the Town of Owego. The corrective action activities at the facility are conducted by IBM Corporation; therefore IBM is listed as the operator of the Part 373 Hazardous Waste Management (HWM) Permit for corrective action. Lockheed Martin Corporation owns the facility and is listed as owner on the Part 373 HWM permit. Lockheed Martin Systems Integration Owego provides advanced technology products, services and systems integration services to defense, civil and commercial customers. The manufacturing processes generate hazardous wastes which are stored on-site in containers for less than 90 days before they are shipped to a proper disposal facility.

Previously, the facility was owned and operated by IBM Corporation. IBM Owego performed similar manufacturing operations. The hazardous wastes were stored within the designated areas until shipments for disposal or treatment at other authorized hazardous waste management facilities were made. IBM is conducting a Corrective Action Program to collect and treat contaminated groundwater at the facility. The two (2) separate areas at the facility where releases of halogenated volatile organics caused or contributed to elevated concentrations of these constituents in the groundwater are the Waste Management Area (WMA) and the Tank Farm Area of the Chemical Distribution Facility (CDF). The potential sources of contamination in the WMA include past landfill activities, industrial drain lines, and surface impoundments, both lined (the RCRA-regulated units) and unlined.

The contents of the landfill were removed in 1979. The industrial drain lines were replaced and installed within a tunnel, which includes a leak detection and collection system, during the early 1980s. The unlined surface impoundments were replaced and reconstructed as lined impoundments in 1978, and several impoundments had their liners replaced in 1983 and 1984. Surface impoundments 1 and 3 were closed in early 1988 and the remaining impoundments were closed later in 1988. A notation on the deed filed with the County Clerk restricted the use of the land for these areas. All the surface impoundments remained in post-closure care until the Contained-In Demonstration was approved on September 29, 2006, in accordance with environmental regulations. The surface impoundments are considered clean closed and require no further remediation or post-closure care. Soils from the former surface impoundments do not have to be managed as hazardous waste and may be used as on-site fill or may be transported off-site to a permitted solid waste landfill with a liner and a leachate collection system in accordance with the Department's acceptance of the Contained-In Demonstration. The notation on the deed restricting the use of lands for the former surface impoundment areas will be removed.

The existing groundwater collection and treatment system is designed to remediate the elevated levels of volatile organic compounds in the groundwater in the vicinity of the WMA, the Tank Farm Area and the Parking Lot 001 Area. The groundwater extraction system has been in operation seven days a week since April 1990. The corrective measures implementation plan requires pumping and treating contaminated groundwater in the WMA, Parking Lot 001 Area, and Tank Farm Area to stabilize and reduce the contamination plume while reducing the contaminant concentrations. The corrective action groundwater monitoring network is described in detail in the Groundwater Monitoring Program (GMP) dated March 29, 1999 and any subsequent revisions approved by the Department. The GMP includes a description of the groundwater treatment process, the wells, the sampling frequency, the site-specific parameter list, provisions for additional monitoring parameters, and the semiannual and annual reporting requirements. Reductions in monitoring wells or analytical parameters, and changes in sampling protocols or sampling frequency may only be implemented with the Commissioner's written approval and in accordance with the site's approved GMP.

On April 15, 2009, Department staff conducted a Preliminary Review (PR) and Visual Site Inspection (VSI) for the former Gleason property purchased by Lockheed Martin Corporation in December, 2006. The former Gleason property consists of 29 acres (Tax map #129.12-1-7 and 130.09-1-1) and is located adjacent to the Former IBM Owego facility. The new parcel is considered contiguous property because the facility is currently owned by Lockheed Martin Corporation and therefore, is subject to the corrective action requirements of this permit. Upon completion of the PR and VSI, the Department concluded that there are no corrective action activities to be addressed on the former Gleason property.

Availability of Application Documents:

Filed application documents, and Department draft permits where applicable, are available for inspection under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Law during normal business hours at the address of the contact person.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:

Project is not subject to SEQR because it is a Type II action.

SEQR Lead Agency: None Designated

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:

The proposed activity is not subject to review in accordance with SHPA. The permit type is exempt or the activity is being reviewed in accordance with federal historic preservation regulations.

Coastal Management:

This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.

Opportunity for Public Comment:

Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Mar 27, 2010.


John H Merriman, Jr
NYSDEC Region 7 Cortland Sub-Office
1285 Fisher Ave
Cortland, NY 13045

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