ENB - REGION 8 NOTICES

Public Notice

DEC Announces Free Pollution Prevention Workshops Designed for Metal Finishers

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will conduct four free pollution prevention workshops across the state for the metal finishers industry sector, according to Mary Werner, Acting Director of DEC's Pollution Prevention Unit.

These workshops are designed to provide compliance guidance and technical assistance to metal finishers. The workshops, supported by a grant received from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, are open to industry representatives, consultants, municipal employees or anyone who would like to benefit from this training.

These workshops are part of DEC's growing emphasis on pollution prevention as the most effective and least expensive way to protect our environment," said Werner. "DEC workshops have been very successful at helping industries increase the efficiency and quality of operations through waste reduction and improved environmental compliance."

Workshop participants will receive the following informational materials prepared by the DEC's Pollution Prevention Unit:

  1. Environmental Compliance and Pollution Prevention Guide for Metal Finishers; and
  2. Environmental Self-Assessment for Metal Finishers.

The half-day workshops will be held at the following locations:

All sessions will run from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., with registration beginning at 7:45 a.m. Interested individuals and groups are asked to pre-register by contacting Dottie O'Hare of DEC's Pollution Prevention Unit at (518) 457-2553 or fax (518) 457-2570. You can also register on their web site: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu


Voluntary Cleanup Agreement
Notice of Availability for Comment

Name of Volunteer: Village of Elmira Heights

Project Location: Preston Avenue and East Eleventh Street, Chemung County, NYSDEC Region 8

Project Description: The 4.6-acre Ward 79 site was reportedly used for the manufacture of commercial and military vehicle chassis from 1928 to 1975. The facility was closed between 1976 and 1980 when it reopened and was operated by Ward 79, Ltd. to manufacturing fire engines until 1990. Since then, the site has remained abandoned with indications of fire, water, animal, and vandalism related damage to the existing buildings. The site is located in a residential-light industrial/commercial setting and the area is served by public water and sewer system.

Site investigations conducted during 1996 -98 included a site-wide geophysical and soil gas surveys, 17 test pits, 14 soil borings, and 7 monitoring wells. The investigation revealed subsurface soil (greater than 6 feet below ground surface) contain elevated levels (exceeding the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) recommended soil cleanup levels) of arsenic at two locations and elevated levels of chromium at one location. However, given the depth at which they were detected, slightly elevated concentrations of arsenic and chromium do not appear to be of concern. Lead was found in one area at elevated levels in surface and near surface soils. A sludge sample from a concrete vault (containing 6 - 12" of lube oil) revealed the presence of 1,2,4- and 1,3,5-trimethylbenzene and methylene chloride at concentrations exceeding NYSDEC recommended soil cleanup levels. Sediment and sludge samples from dry wells, catch basins, and sump did not exceed NYSDEC regulatory levels according to the toxicity characteristic leaching procedure. Trace levels of trichloroethene (TCE) were detected in soil at depth grater than 12 feet below ground surface near the concrete vault. Also, 3 underground petroleum storage tanks (1 - containing gasoline, 1 - containing fuel oil, and 1 - empty) and 1 water storage tank were discovered during the site investigation. Groundwater results indicated slight contamination with trichloroethene (TCE). TCE concentrations exceeded the NYS groundwater standard of 5 ppb in nine out of eleven samples. The highest concentration of TCE was found near the concrete vault. One groundwater sample out of seven contained arsenic at concentration slightly higher than the NYS groundwater standard. Data suggest TCE detected in groundwater may have originated, in part, from soil around the concrete vault and/or off-site groundwater.

The voluntary cleanup agreement signed by the Village of Elmira Heights with NYSDEC includes: cleaning, excavation, and removal of the concrete vault and surrounding contaminated soil, including confirmatory samples to ensure achievement of NYSDEC recommended soil cleanup levels; excavation and removal of lead-contaminated soil from a localized area, including confirmatory sampling; cleaning, excavation and removal of six dry wells, four catch basins, and one sump, including confirmatory sampling, and cleaning and sealing of floor drains, trench drains, and all pipings; in-place closure and/or removal and disposal of USTs to meet NYSDEC regulatory requirements; and removal and disposal of the buried railroad tank car. Groundwater monitoring will also be performed.

Comment Period: The agreement is available for review at the locations below. Written comments on this action will be accepted for 30 days following the date of this notice. Written comments expressing objection or opposition to the agreement must explain the basis of that opposition and identify the specific grounds which could lead the Department to impose significant changes to the agreement. No formal response is made to comments received, but, as a results of comments the Department may re-evaluate and make revisions to the voluntary agreement.

Contact Person: M. D. Mehta, P.E. or Mary Jane Peachey, P.E.
Region: 8
Address: 6274 E. Avon-Lima Road, Avon, NY 14414
Phone: (716) 226-5354 or (716) 226-5349 Fax: (716) 226-8696

Elmira Heights Library
226 E 14th St.
Elmira Heights, NY

Negative Declaration

Genesee County - The Town of Darien Town Board, as lead agency has determined that the proposed Water District No. 3 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The actions involves the installation of 20,500 feet of 8 inch watermain along portions of Broadway (Route 20) and Harlow Road within the Town of Darien Water District No. 3. The project will provide public water service to approximately 48 residential and commercial structures currently dependent on individual wells which produce an inadequate supply of water. The Village of Akron will serve as the source of supply for the proposed project. The project will facilitate plans of the State of New York to extend public water to Darien Lakes State Park.

Contact: Kim Drew, 10569 Allegheny Road, Darien Center, NY 14040, Phone: (716)547-2274.


Ontario County - The Town Board of Victor, as lead agency has determined that the proposed Park Crescent Planned Development District on High Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves rezoning a 10.185 acre site on High Street, north of the town water tower. The area would be rezoned from R-1 Residential to a Planned Development District, to permit construction of an Assisted Living Center for the elderly. The development would ultimately have 144 senior citizen units. Congregate dining, health care, and a small shop for sundries are proposed. The project is located High Street, north of the town water tower.

Contact: John H. Richter Jr., Town Supervisor, Town of Victor, 85 E. Main St., Victor, NY 14564, phone (716) 924-7141.


Ontario County - The Town Board of Victor, as lead agency has determined that the proposed Comprehensive Plan addition-land use map/density guidelines will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves Comprehensive Plan additions including a land use map and density policy recommendations. The project is located Town of Victor.

Contact: John H. Richter Jr., Town Supervisor, Town of Victor, 85 E. Main St., Victor, NY 14564, phone (716) 924-7141.


Ontario County - The Town Board of Victor, as lead agency has determined that the proposal to Amend schedule II of the Town of Victor, Chapter 211 and Adopt Residential Overlay Districts will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves amend schedule II of the zoning code with adoption of residential overlay districts regulating density. The project is located in the Town of Victor.

Contact: John H. Richter Jr., Town Supervisor, Town of Victor, 85 E Main St., Victor, NY 14564, phone (716) 924-7141.


Wayne County - The Village of Palmyra Village Board, as lead agency has determined that the proposal to relocate the Aldrich Change Bridge will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The Village of Palmyra will reconstruct and relocate the historic Aldrich Change Bridge using federal funding from HUD under the Erie Canal Corridor Initiative. Damaged portions of the metal bridge will be re-cast and the structure will be relocated in Aqueduct Park, near its original location. The Aldrich Change Bridge will be part of the New York State Heritage Trail system and will span a shallow reflecting pool that would be excavated from a grassed area of the park.

Contact: Peter Wilson, Mayor, 144 E. Main Street, Palmyra, NY 14522, Phone: (315) 597-4849.


Wayne County - The Village of Clyde Village Board, as lead agency has determined that the proposed renovation of 25 Columbia Street will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The Village of Clyde will acquire and renovate the building at 25 Columbia Street using federal funding from HUD under the Erie Canal Corridor Initiative. The project includes renovation of the first floor for use as a restaurant or coffee shop, the creation of two one-bedroom apartments on the second floor, and facade improvements.

Contact: Tom Cabrilla, Mayor, 6 South Park Street, Clyde, NY 14433, phone: (315) 923-3971.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft EIS

Genesee County - The State Education Department, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft EIS on the proposed land acquisition and new construction of a Junior Senior High School and new construction of a Bus Garage and Fuel Facility for the LeRoy Central School District, SED Project Nos. 18-10-01-06-0-017-001 and 18-10-01-06-5-018-001 respectively. Comments are requested on the Draft EIS and will be accepted by the contact person until May 9, 2000. The action involves the site purchase of 25 acres; 120,000 square feet of new construction for the Junior Senior High School; and 5,600 square feet of new construction for the Bus Garage and Fuel Facility. The projects are both located on South Street Road in the Village of LeRoy.

Contact: Carl Thurnau, The State Education Department, Facilities Planning, Rm 1060 EBA, Albany, NY 12234.

Notice of Acceptance of Draft Supplemental EIS

Livingston County - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, as lead agency has accepted a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed review of a Mined-land Reclamation permit application for the Genesee -Le Roy Stone Corp. (GLSC) Clarendon Quarry. Comments on the DSEIS are requested and will be accepted by the contact person until May 19, 2000. The documents which comprise the application and include the DSEIS are available for public review at the Clarendon Town Hall and at the Holley Community Free Library. The action involves the applicant, GLSC proposing a modification to the current operational plan for the new GLSC stone quarry west of Upper Holley Road. At present, the Mined-land Use Plan (MLUP) provides for mining without de-watering of the expanding quarry. This mining method was proposed and adopted by GLSC as a means of eliminating potential impacts to an on-going DEC hazardous waste remediation project at the Haight Farm site south of the new quarry. GLSC and the Department agreed that without de-watering of the quarry, any possible influence on the direction or rate of movement of the trichloroethene (TCE) contaminate plume at the Haight Farm site would not reasonably be expected to occur. The current MLUP provides for a standard drill and blast method of rock extraction; however, retrieval of shot rock is to be done underwater by drag line or other similar equipment. Extracted rock is then conveyed to a traditional crusher and screening processing plant. In 1995 the original environmental impact review was finalized and the mining permit was issued. Since then, the quarry has begun to be developed. Experience gained during this time has convinced GLSC that this mining method, i.e. underwater removal of blasted rock, is not practical, efficient or cost-effective. In addition, seepage water present in the drill holes can affect the drill and blast operation. This application proposes to modify the current permit to allow for pumping and de-watering of the quarry. The project location is located west of Upper Holley Road, approximately 2,500 ft. South of Upper Holley Road / State Rt. 31A intersection, in the Town of Clarendon, Orleans County.

Contact: John L. Cole, Division of Environmental Permits, NYS DEC Region 8, 6274 E. Avon-Lima Road, Avon, New York 14414, phone: (716) 226-5402.