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Project Title: Availability of Voluntary Cleanup Project Work Plan for Comment CooperVision, Inc.; VCP Site No: V00175-8

Project Location: Region 8, Monroe County, Town of Wheatland, Village of Scottsville, 711 North Road, 14546

Brief Project Description: This 5.4-acre site was undeveloped agricultural property prior to 1976. Thereafter, the site was developed, owned and operated by Union Corporation for manufacture of contact lens eyewear. In 1983, CooperVision acquired the operation and continues to manufacture contact lenses. The surrounding properties are residential except for one small industrial facility to the south.

In December 2000, CooperVision completed a site investigation under a legal agreement with DEC. The results of the investigation indicated site groundwater and subsurface soils containing chlorinated compounds, primarily 1,1,1-trichloroethane, at levels above New York State standards and guidance values. 1,1,1-Trichloroethane was used at the site from the mid-1970s until 1993 to release contact lenses from lens forms. The highest concentrations of chlorinated compounds were found in groundwater 20 to 28 feet below ground near an area where 1,1,1-trichloroethane had previously been stored at the site. 1,1,1-Trichloroethane is no longer used at the site.

Based on the results of the environmental investigation, government officials did not identify any ways in which people could come in contact with site contaminants. The public in this area is served by public water and sewers. Additionally, tests performed by the New York State Department of Health, the Monroe County Health Department, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and CooperVision indicate that off-site contaminant migration is not a concern at this time.

The proposed remedy for the site includes the following components:

HRC is a food quality, polylactate ester that stimulates the natural degradation of chlorinated compounds. The HRC will be injected into approximately 65 soil borings located throughout the plume. After the HRC is injected, groundwater throughout the site will be monitored to determine its effectiveness. Downgradient wells near the CooperVision property line will also be monitored to evaluate off-site contaminant migration. Institutional controls that are part of the proposed remedy include requirements for CooperVision to file a deed restriction prohibiting use of on-site groundwater at the site and completion of a soil management plan that will apply to excavations and other soil handling projects at the site.

The State welcomes public input into this proposed plan. CooperVision has prepared a Remediation Work Plan that explains the proposed plan in more detail. You can review this document, along with the site investigation report, at the locations listed below.

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Region 8 Office
6274 E. Avon-Lima Rd.
Avon, NY 14414
(716) 226-5357 (by appointment only)

Scottsville Free Library
28 Main Street
Scottsville, NY 14546
(716) 889-2023

DEC will accept comments on the cleanup plan in writing until July 13, 2001. Please send written comments to Frank Sowers, the DEC Project Manager, at the address listed below.

Contact person: Frank Sowers, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Region 8, 6274 East Avon-Lima Road, Avon, NY 14414, Phone: (716) 226-5357, Fax: (716) 226-8696, Email: flsowers@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Supplemental Legislative Public Hearing and Issues Conference

Steuben County - The Department of Environmental Conservation has scheduled a supplemental legislative public hearing and issues conference on Dalrymple Gravel and Contracting Company's proposed Scudder Sand and Gravel Pit on Smith Hill Road in the Town of Erwin (DEC #8-4642-00101/00001). Details on the proposed project and information on how to participate in the additional hearing and issues conference can be found at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ohms/notices/dalrymple2.htm

Contact: David L. Bimber, NYS DEC Region 8, 6274 East Avon-Lima Road, Avon, NY 14414; telephone (716)226-5401; e-mail dlbimber@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Negative Declaration

Monroe County - The City Planning Commission of the City of Rochester, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Water Authority Building Addition will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves construction of a 7,290 s.f. addition to the front of the Water Authority facility. The project is located at 475 Norris Drive, Rochester, New York.

Contact: Marcia W. Barry, City Planning Office, City of Rochester, City Hall, Rochester, New York.