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General Electric Co. (Fort Edward Site) - Hearing Report, October 24, 2001

Hearing Report, October 24, 2001

STATE OF NEW YORK : DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-1550

In the Matter of the

Proposed Order on Consent for the Development and Implementation of a Remedial Program
for an Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Site, by

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY, FORT EDWARD SITE

HEARING REPORT

- by -

Daniel P. O'Connell

Administrative Law Judge

October 24, 2001

PROCEEDINGS

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (the Department) scheduled a public hearing to provide the local community with an opportunity to comment on a proposed Order on Consent regarding General Electric's Fort Edward plant. The Department proposes to issue an Order to the General Electric Company (GE), with the consent of GE, concerning the investigation and remediation of contamination at GE's Fort Edward plant. The site is a capacitor products manufacturing facility located in the Village of Fort Edward, Washington County, New York.

A Notice of the Hearing was published in the Glens Falls Post Star, on September 1, 2001, and in the Department's Environmental Notice Bulletin on September 5, 2001. The hearing took place from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. on October 1, 2001 at the Washington County Office Building in Ft. Edward, New York before Administrative Law Judge Daniel P. O'Connell. In addition, the Notice stated that members of the public could file written comments with the Department until October 15, 2001.

SUMMARY OF PROPOSED ORDER ON CONSENT

The Department's Division of Environmental Remediation developed a remedial action plan for GE's Fort Edward facility based on a Record of Decision, which was finalized in January 2001 after a public meeting in March 1999 and a subsequent public comment period. The Department intends to issue an Order in which GE consents to investigate and remediate additional areas of its Fort Edward plant.

The proposed Order would require GE to implement measures that would comply with requirements of both the state Superfund program and the corrective action program under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Under the proposed Order, GE would reimburse the Department for certain costs.

SUMMARY OF COMMENTS AT THE HEARING

During the hearing, Kevin Farrar, the DEC Staff Project Manager, described the proposed Order on Consent, the terms of which are based on a Record of Decision issued in January 2000. According to Mr. Farrar, the selected remedy outlined in the Consent Order requires the continued implementation of the ongoing remediation for Units 1 and 2. The scope of the work outlined in the Consent Order would also require GE to design, build, operate and monitor a remedial system for Unit 3. Unit 3 consists of the main portion of the site and includes contaminated groundwater and soil, as well as PCB non-aqueous phase liquids, referred to as NAPLs.

Under the proposed remedy for Unit 3, the existing groundwater collection system on the site would be expanded. Consequently, the design phase would include an evaluation of the capacity of the existing wastewater treatment plant to ensure that it could treat the expected additional flows from Unit 3. Six vertical recovery wells and two horizontal wells would be constructed to collect NAPLs from the southern portion of the site. Contaminated soils excavated during the construction of the wells would be taken off site for disposal. After the wells are constructed, contaminated groundwater would be pre-treated with an air stripper before being diverted to the treatment plant. NAPLs recovered during the treatment process, would be taken off site for disposal.

Finally, the remedy would restrict future uses because some untreated hazardous waste would remain on the site. Therefore, a long-term monitoring program would be necessary, and would fulfill two purposes. First, the monitoring program would provide data to determine whether the remedy is protective of human health and the environment. Second, the monitoring program would assist in developing additional remedies if they become necessary.

At the public hearing, no one else offered any comments about the proposed Consent Order for the record.

SUMMARY OF WRITTEN COMMENTS

No written comments about the proposed Consent Order were received.

ORDER OF DISPOSITION

This Summary Hearing Report is hereby transmitted to the Division of Environmental Remediation for appropriate disposition.

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