Completed Applications Consolidated SPDES Renewals
Availability of Voluntary Cleanup Project Revised Remedial Design Work Plan for Comment: 141 Cedar Street, Oneida, Former Manufactured Gas Plant Site, VCP Site No. V-00224-7

Project Location: 141 Cedar Street, Oneida, Madison County, New York, DEC Region 7

Brief Project Description: Early in 2003, Niagara Mohawk A National Grid Company, plans to perform Remedial Action activities at the former manufactured gas plant (MGP) site at 141 Cedar Street in the city of Oneida. This Remedial Action involves the removal of the subsurface gas holder that remains on the site and excavation of impacted soils around the holder foundation.

All work will be completed in accordance with a Revised Remedial Design Work Plan that was developed by Niagara Mohawk (NM/GRID) and will be approved by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) with the benefit of input from the New York State Department of Health (DOH). The Revised Remedial Design Work Plan includes a health and safety plan for the protection of worker and public health during work at the site.

The proposed Remedial Action and the Revised Remedial Design Work Plan, dated October 2002, are available for public review at the locations noted below. Written comments will be accepted for 30 days following the date of this notice. Written comments expressing objection or opposition to the work plan 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 to comments received is anticipated, but, as a result of the comments, the Department may re-evaluate and revise the Work Plan.

A thorough investigation of the site parcel and the surrounding city parcel was completed by NM/GRID, with DEC oversight. This investigation found a limited amount of contamination associated with gas manufacturing on the site. Specifically, pockets of tar and ash were observed and analytical testing of soils identified significant polyaromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) and BTEX (Benzene, Toluene and Xylene) contaminant levels. This contamination appears to be limited to the foundations and other subsurface structures of the former plant, with the exception of a small area of contamination noted on the adjoining city parcel at boring location SB-8. This area is immediately adjacent to the site in the general area of a small watercourse that existed while the plant was operating. This contamination appears to be contained by a discontinuous, underlying peat layer.

Based on this, a remediation work plan has been developed that will excavate the entire parcel down to unimpacted native soils. Additionally, a small volume of soil will be removed from the adjoining city parcel, in the area of soil boring SB-8. The excavation will then be backfilled to match the grade of the adjoining city parcels, with the top two feet constituting clean fill overlying a geotextile for demarcation purposes. The parcel will also be deed restricted for commercial and industrial use, as an additional precaution. The complete details of the Remedial Action are available in the Revised Remedial Design Work Plan.

The NYSDEC and NM/GRID have established document repositories for the 141 Cedar Street former MGP site so the public can further review the site data or proposed action at:

615 Erie Boulevard
Syracuse, NY 13204
Attn: Reggie Parker
(315) 426 –7551

625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233
Attn: John Helmeset
(518) 402-9662

City of Oneida Municipal Building
109 N. Main Street
Oneida, NY 13421-0550
Attn: James Bacher, P.E.
(315) 363-7222

Any questions or concerns regarding the previous investigations, the planned remedial activities, or the environmental aspects of the site can be addressed by contacting the NYSDEC’s John Helmeset at the address or telephone number listed above or by calling toll-free 1-800-342-9296 and leaving your name, address or telephone number, and request.

For health-related questions, please contact Mr. John Sheehan at the NYSDOH at toll free 1-800-458-1158, ext. 2-7890.

Contact person: John Helmeset, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-7017, (518) 402-9662, fax (518) 402-9679.

Negative Declaration

Broome County - The Town Board of Kirkwood, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Ordinance Map Update Pursuant to New Comprehensive Plan will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. A public hearing will be held on December 2, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. at the Kirkwood Town Hall, 70 Crescent Drive, Kirkwood, New York 13795. The comment period ends November 20, 2002. The action involves various revisions to Town of Kirkwood Zoning Map as recommended by Comprehensive Plan study committee and Comprehensive Plan Update previously adopted by Town Board. The project is located townwide.

Contact: Joseph Griffin, Kirkwood Town Hall, 70 Crescent Drive, Kirkwood, New York 13795.

Cayuga County - The Board of Trustees of the Village of Aurora, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Adoption and Implementation of Local Law #1 of 2002 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves repeal Local Law #3-1993 and replace by passing Local Law #1-2002. The project is villagewide.

Contact: Thomas H. Gunderson, Village of Aurora, 456 Main Street, Aurora, New York 13026, phone: (315) 304-7293.