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BASF South 40 Site - No. V00464-4
City of Rensselaer, Rensselaer County

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), in cooperation with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), is announcing the availability of a proposed Remedial Action Work Plan for the implementation of a remedial program at the BASF South 40 Site. The Site is located at 36 Riverview Avenue, in the City of Rensselaer. The Remedial Action Work Plan would address the soil and groundwater contamination at this site.


An Order on Consent led to a 1986 investigation, which found areas of possible environmental concern because they contained the remnants of metal drums and stained soils. To further assess the contamination, supplemental investigations were undertaken by BASF in 1990, 1991, 2000 and 2002. The investigations found significant magnetic anomalies in the central portion of the site where drum remnants were exposed at the surface. The estimated number of drum remnants is currently 50-100. Arsenic and other metals (chromium, lead, and zinc) were detected in the soil samples, but arsenic is considered the primary metal of concern due to the frequency of detection and concentration. A thin layer of blue and purple stained soils was observed near the surface in test pits, but could not be found in the 2002 investigation. Some preliminary groundwater samples showed elevated levels of arsenic. Follow-up sampling of the groundwater from permanent monitoring wells showed that arsenic was not detected above Water Quality Standards in any monitoring wells along the perimeter of the site. Therefore, we do not suspect any off-site migration or impacts. The 9 acre portion south of the Port Access Highway was found to contain slight contamination, but is not migrating off-site.


The goal of the Remedial Action Work Plan (RAWP) is to remove the source on contamination and eliminate any potential exposures. We do not suspect any off-site migration, impacts, or potential for off-site exposures. The following activities would be conducted:


The 30-day comment period starts October 15, 2003 and ends November 12, 2003.

Daniel Lightsey NYSDEC Region 4 Headquarters
1150 N. Westcott Road
Schenectady, NY 12306
Phone: (518) 357-2374

Public understanding and involvement are important to the success of New York's Voluntary Cleanup Program. As the project progresses, the NYSDEC will distribute fact sheets, like this one, to keep you informed. In addition, the Department has also placed site documents in a document repository.

The NYSDEC has established a document repository for the BASF South 40 Site at:
Rensselaer Public Library
810 Broadway (old National Bank)
Rensselaer, NY (518) 462-1193
M-F: 10:00am to 5:00pm, then 6:00pm to 9:00pm on M-W ONLY
Saturday: 9:00 to 12 noon

Public Hearing

Delaware County - The Town of Andes, as lead agency will hold a public hearing on the Creation of Water, Sewer and Lighting Districts upon dissolution of Village of Andes. A public hearing will be held on November 11, 2003 at 12:00 p.m. at Town Hall, Route 28, Andes, NY. The action involves the Village of Andes voted to be dissolved. The Town of Andes is in the process of establishing water, sewer and lighting districts for those already being served by such services. This review is on the creation of those districts. The project is located at the former Village of Andes, Route 28, Andes, NY.

Contact Person: Martin Donnelly, Supervisor, Town of Andes, Box 125 Main Street, Andes, NY 13731, phone: (845)676-4791.

Negative Declaration

Schenectady County - The Planning Board of the Town of Niskayuna, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Antonia Park will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the subdivision of 4.7 acres of land into seven single family building lots which involves the construction of approximately 600 feet of road, installation of water lines, sanitary sewer and storm sewers. The project is located on Antonia Drive in the Town of Niskayuna.

Contact: Kathleen Matern, Town of Niskayuna, Planning Department, One Niskayuna Circle, Niskayuna, NY 12309-4381, phone: (518) 386-4530.

Notice Of Acceptance Of Final EIS

Albany County - The Bethlehem Central School District, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed High School and Bus Garage, Additions, Alterations and Sitework. The action involves additions, alterations and sitework to the high school, bus garage and construction of a bus wash facility, SED Control Nos. 01-03-06-06-0-006-024 High School and 01-03-06-06-5-010-008 Bus Garage. The project is located at 700 Delaware Avenue and 82 Van Dyke Road, Town of Bethlehem.

Contact: Gregg Nolte, Bethlehem Central School District, Facilities and Operations, 65 Elm Avenue, Delmar, NY 12054

Albany County - The Bethlehem Central School District, as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed New Grade 1-5 Elementary School on Van Dyke Road. The action involves construction of a new elementary school and associated sitework on district owned property. The project is located on Van Dyke Road in the Town of Bethlehem, Albany County, Delmar, NY.

Contact: Gregg Nolte, Bethlehem Central School District, Facilities and Operations, 65 Elm Avenue, Delmar, NY 12054.