Public Notice

Notice of Availability of the Final New York City Watershed Phase II Total Maximum Daily Loads/Wasteload Allocations/ Load Allocations (TMDL/WLA/LA) for Phosphorus in the New York City Water Supply Reservoir System. Also Available Is the Response to Public Comment on the November 17, 1999 Draft TMDL/WLA/LA.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), with the cooperation and technical assistance of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), has completed its Phase II analyses of the Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) for phosphorous in the reservoirs of the New York City Water Supply System. This notice announces the availability of the Final Phase II Phosphorous TMDLs for these reservoirs which was submitted to the USEPA on June 29, 2000 for approval. The notice also announces the availability of the Response to the Public Comments, dated June 2000, on NYSDEC's Phase II Phosphorus TMDL proposed for New York City's Water Supply Watershed, in November 1999.

INFORMATION: The Final TMDL/WLA/LA information is included in NYSDEC documents entitled: 1) Phase II Phosphorus Total Maximum Daily Loads For Reservoirs in the New York City Water Supply Watershed, dated June 2000; and 2) Response to the Public Comments on NYSDEC's Phase II Phosphorus TMDL proposed for New York City's Water Supply Watershed, dated June 2000.These documents are available at the following website: http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dow/index.html or by contacting the NYSDEC Bureau of Watershed Management, by phone at 518-457-8961 or mail at Room 398, 50 Wolf Rd., Albany, NY 12233-3508. Copies of these documents will be mailed out to all entities which submitted public comments on the draft document.

Related information included in NYCDEP's report entitled Phase II Phosphorus TMDL Methodology Document, Water Quality Guidance Value Report and Phosphorus TMDL Calculations Reports for 19 Reservoirs, can be found on their website at www.nyc.gov/html/dep/home.html. These documents are dated March 1, 1999 and they provide much of the information used in NYSDEC's Phase II TMDL documents.

Voluntary Cleanup Agreement
Investigation and Remediation Work Plan
(South Troy Industrial Park)
(VCP Site No. V00341-4)

DATE: July 18, 2000

Volunteer Information:
Volunteer is the Rensselaer County Industrial Development Agency -
1600 7th Avenue, Troy, New York 12180.
The Volunteer is an innocent land owner and is not considered a PRP.

Site Name: South Troy Industrial Park

VCP Site No.: V00341-4

Project Location:

The site is located on Industrial Park Road in Troy, New York. There is no site street address. The site is a vacant property owned by Rensselaer County and is north of the Rensselaer County jail. The County tax map identifier number is: 111.51-1-1.

Project Description:

This site was used as a dumping area for the Burden Iron Works steel making process from the mid 1800's to the early 1900's. The site was originally a tidal wetland area of the Hudson River and filled in with up to 25 feet with slag, coal ash, brick and other waste products of that era. Raw materials such as coal, iron ore, limestone, and marble flux may have been stored on this site after being brought up to its present grade. In the early 1900's, the steel industry in the Troy area began to decline. Burden Iron Works produced coke, gas and pig iron in 1925 to supplement their income, but continue to decline. In 1940 the properties of Burden Iron Works was acquired by Republic Steel Corporation that operated until 1972. The Republic Steel Corporation had rail lines that crossed this property, but no structures.

There is no information on specific hazardous wastes disposed on this property and no record of PCB usage on this site. During an investigation in January 2000, test pits discovered tar with a creosote odor which prompted Rensselaer County to apply as the volunteer. The tar (coal tar) was found at a depth of 6 feet below ground surface and is estimated to be in an area of 35 feet by 35 feet.

The remediation will include removing the tar material in the area it was discovered and removing additional tars found in areas vertical and horizontal from that area. The excavation will be backfilled with non-tar containing fill after the tar material is removed. Confirmatory samples will be taken below areas where tar is removed. Off-site impacts have been addressed.

The site will be sold to New Penn Motor Express, a Pennsylvania based trucking company. New Penn Motor Express plans to develop a 24,000 square foot freight terminal on this 7 acre parcel.

Comment Period:

The project work plan is available for review at the location below. The investigation and removal at this site was started on May 15, 2000. The volunteer was informed that starting this project without the approved agreement could be problematic in obtaining the release. The surface soil sampling and test pitting was complete. The excavation of the tar was also done and removed off site on July 7, 2000. Work to be done involves preparation of a final report and appropriate deed restrictions.

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 project must explain the basis of that objection and identify the specific grounds which could lead the department to impose significant changes to the work plan. No formal response is made to comments received, but, as a result of comments the Department may re-evaluate and make revisions to the work plan.

Contact Person:
Ralph T. Keating
NYSDEC, Central Office
50 Wolf Road, Room 228, Albany, New York 12233-7010
phone: (518) 457-5677
fax: (518) 457-7925