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Voluntary Cleanup Agreement


Name of Volunteer: Lucent Technologies, Nassau Metals Corporation, Inc.

Project Location: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation ("NYSDEC") and Lucent Technologies, Nassau Metals Corporation, Inc. ("Nassau Metals") have entered into a Remedial Voluntary Agreement, Index No. W2-0801-01-04. The Voluntary Cleanup Site (the "Site") is a 46-acre property located at 286 Richmond Valley Road in the Richmond Valley section of Staten Island. The Site is bordered to the east and west by tidal wetlands, to the north by Richmond Valley Road and to the south by Nassau Place and the Staten Island Railroad. Mill Creek runs east-west across the property and divides the Site. The Volunteer plans to redevelop the Site as an industrial park.

Project Description: Nassau Metals previously participated in the NYSDEC’s Voluntary Cleanup Program for Investigation. Results of the site investigation indicate that there is approximately 450,000 cubic yards of hazardous fill (lead) on the Site. Sediments in Mill Creek have also been found to be hazardous (lead) at depths up to 5 feet below the stream bed. This contamination is attributed to the lead and copper processing operations and the various materials, including telephone equipment, which was used to fill the site between 1900 and 1970. Sediment contamination extends off-site to the east and into the embayment area on the western portion of the site (which borders the Arthur Kill). Groundwater and surface water samples taken show concentrations exceeding State standards for lead. The erosion of the fill along the stream banks is the main contributor of the hazardous sediments in the creek.

The remediation of the site will consist of the following: encapsulation of the upland areas of the site, placement of a bulkhead on the southern bank of Mill Creek (between Arthur Kill Road and Page Avenue), bank stabilization (using geotextiles and a soil cap) of the northern bank of Mill Creek, removal of one foot of contaminated sediment from Mill Creek (to be stabilized and placed on-site), capping of Mill Creek with one foot of clean sediment, and implementation of a deed restriction. Since hazardous wastes will be left on site (encapsulated) and continuous monitoring is required, the Site will be listed on the Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Site Registry as a Class 4 at the time remedial work is completed.

Comment Period: The Agreement and Work Plan for the project are available for review at the location below. The public is invited to review the Agreement and Work Plan and submit written comments to the contact person within 30 days following the date of this notice. Written comments expressing objection to the Work Plan must explain the basis of the objection, and identify specific grounds which could lead the Department to impose changes to the Work Plan. No formal response is made to comments received, but as a result of comments, the Department may reevaluate and revise the Work Plan.

Contact person: Sondra Martinkat, Project Manager, Division of Environmental Remediation, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Region 2, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101-5407