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Voluntary Cleanup Agreement

Notice of Availability for Comment

Name of Volunteer: Joseph Lucarelli

Site Name and No.: Albany Karner Road, Site No. V00267-4

Project Location: The Albany Karner Road Site is located on Route 155 (New Karner Road), in the Town of Colonie, Albany County, New York. The site is approximately 3.9 acres in size, located in a moderately populated commercial/residential area, is generally topographically flat and overgrown with vegetation. The site is bounded by a regulated wetland area to the northwest which has been partially filled in with construction and demolition debris, a wooded area and sewage pump station to the east, Route 155 to the south, and a self storage building complex to the west.

Project Description: The Albany Karner Road Site was reportedly used in the 1960s and early 1970s by the previous site owners as an equipment storage and fill/dump area. Substantial rubble and debris consisting of timbers, abandoned and rusting trucks and cars, steel beams, drums, tanks, and other metallic objects were at or near the ground surface. Ten to fifteen 55-gallon drums of hazardous waste were found exposed at the ground surface at several locations.

During the course of the site investigation an interim remedial measure (IRM) was undertaken at the Lucarelli property. The IRM consisted of the removal of 55-gallon drums of hazardous waste and the excavation and off-site disposal of PCB-contaminated soil.

Groundwater samples taken from the site indicated that the removal of the hazardous waste has eliminated the source of groundwater contamination.

Based on the results of the investigations at the site and the IRMs that have been performed, No Further Action is being proposed for the site. However, due to residual contamination of soil and groundwater slightly above standards which would allow for unrestricted re-use of the property, environmental easements on the Lucarelli property will be given to New York State by the property owner which will prevent residential re-use of the property or use of the on-site groundwater.

Comment Period: The Site Investigation, IRM report, and Proposed Remedial Action Plan are available for review at the locations identified below. Written comments on this action must be received within 30 days of this Notice. Written comments expressing objection or opposition to the Proposed Remedial Action Plan (PRAP) must explain the basis of that opposition and identify specific grounds which justify the Department’s imposing significant changes to the PRAP. No formal response is made to comments received, but, as a result of comments, the Department may re-evaluate and revise the PRAP.

Contact Person:
Kevin Sarnowicz
Division of Environmental Remediation
625 Broadway, 12th Floor
Albany, New York 12233-7016
Phone: (518) 402-9774
FAX: (518) 402-9020
email: kpsarnow@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Document Repositories:
NYSDEC, Central Office
Mr. Kevin Sarnowicz
625 Broadway, 12th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-7016
(518) 402-9774

NYSDEC, Region 4
Mr. Russ Shaver
Construction Inspector
1150 N. Westcott Road
Schenectady, NY 12306
(518) 357-2234

Colonie Public Library
629 Albany Shaker Road
Loudonville, NY 12211
(518) 458-9274

Village of Colonie
Village Hall
2 Thunder Road
Colonie, NY 12205
(518) 869-7562

Negative Declaration

Albany County - The Planning Board of the Town of Berne, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Rigpa Center for Wisdom and Compassion will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the Rigpa Center as a spiritual retreat center whose purpose is to preserve and make available the teachings of the Buddhist tradition of Tibet. Phase 1 will include water and wastewater treatment facilities, renovation of the existing lodge and staff work/study house, a bathhouse and campground, dining hall, kitchen, 50 to 60 unit residence hall, temporary teaching tent and childrens center. Phase ll will include additions to the infrastructure and other buildings to include a second residence hall, ten duplex units, three living quarters for speakers, a 6 bedroom residence for closed retreat, a small monastery with 8 bedrooms, five spiritual care buildings and parking lots with 110 spaces. Development will be clustered on no more than 50 of the 350 acres of the site. The majority of the forestland and active hay fields will not be developed. The project is located on Game Farm Road, in the Town of Berne.

Contact: John Crosier, PO Box 115, East Berne, NY 12059, phone: (518) 872-1448.

Rensselaer County - The Town of Schaghticoke Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Herkert Meadows Subdivision will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves a 13 lot residential subdivision in an Agricultural District as mapped by the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets. The proposed subdivision is to be constructed in two phases on the north side of Hansen Road approximately ˝ mile west of NYS Route 40. Phase I includes six lots on Hansen Road. Phase II includes an approximately 600 foot long cul-de-sac and an additional seven lots. The project is located on the north side of Hansen Road approximately ˝ mile west of NYS Route 40, Town of Schaghticoke, Rensselaer County, New York

Contact: Brian H. Davidson, Planning Board Chairman, 290 Northline Drive, Melrose, N. Y. 12121-9707, phone: (518) 753-6915.