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Public Notice of Closure Plans

The US Army has submitted closure plans pursuant to 6NYCRR 373-3.7 for two of the Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste storage units located at the Seneca Army Depot, 5786 State Route 96, Romulus, New York 14541-5001. The units are: Building 307 - container storage (SEAD-1) and Building 301 - Polychlorinated Biphenyl (PCB) transformer storage (SEAD-2).

All hazardous wastes were previously removed from these units. The closure plans include inspection of the containment area and floor of each facility, high pressure washing, and confirmatory sampling and analysis of the concrete floors for the substances of concern. The decontamination residues and wash water will be collected, sampled and then disposed of at authorized off-site facilities.

There are the following four other hazardous waste units at this facility: Building 803 - Mixed Waste Storage Building (SEAD-72 located within SEAD-12), the Deactivation (Popping) Furnace (SEAD- 17), the Open Burn Area (SEAD-23) and the Open Detonation Area (SEAD-45). The responsibility for RCRA closure of these four units has been transferred to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) site remediation program within the NYSDEC. These units will be closed as part of the CERCLA actions that are undertaken at this facility.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Status: Closure of the hazardous waste storage units areas will not result in significant impact to the environment. The closure activities will be performed entirely inside the buildings and consists of cleaning the units.

Public Comment: State regulation requires that the public be given an opportunity to provide written comments on the draft closure plans. All comments will be considered and evaluated in making the final determination for approving the closure plans. Prior to the approval of the closure plans, the Department will respond to any comments submitted by the public. The Department will approve, modify or disapprove the draft closure plans based on the information received during the comment period. A notice of the final decision will be sent to each interested citizen or organization who submitted written comments or have requested such notice.

The public comment period extends through March 21, 2003. The closure plans are available for public review at New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Region 8, Division of Environmental Permits, 6274 East Avon-Lima Road, Avon, NY 14414. For more information contact Mr. Robert Scott, Deputy Permit Administrator, at the above Region 8 address, phone 585-226-5395. or Mr. Eric K. Blackwell, P.E., Environmental Engineer, at 625 Broadway, Albany NY 12233-7251, phone: 518-402-8610. In addition, the closure reports are available through Mr. Steve Absolom, Seneca Army Depot, 5786 Rt. 96, Romulus, NY 14541, 607-869-1309.

Comments on the closure plans must be sent with a post mark no later than March 21, 2003 to Mr. R. Scott at the above Region 8 address.