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Eastman Business Park (Kodak)

The Eastman Business Park is a 1,200-acre technology and industrial campus primarily owned and operated by Kodak. The Monroe County site, which stretches from the City of Rochester to the Town of Greece, features more than one million square feet of manufacturing, laboratory and warehouse space. As part of the Kodak bankruptcy, an asset sale was approved that allowed RED-Rochester, LLC to purchase certain park utilities, including the power plant, wastewater treatment plant and water supply system.

Also as part of the federal court approval of Kodak's bankruptcy settlement, the company created an environmental trust to fund remediation and monitoring activities at the Eastman Business Park in Rochester and an investigation to assess whether the Genesee River suffered damages associated with discharges from Kodak's operations. DEC will administer the trust, which is funded by Kodak. See the full May 13, 2014 press release for more information.

Genesee River Project - Investigation Report Available

DEC consultants catch (and release) a big fish
DEC consultants catch (and release) a big one during Genesee River Project investigation. The investigation assessed the sediments, water, biota and floodplains in the lower Genesee River in Rochester from near the Lower Falls to the mouth of the river at Lake Ontario.

DEC has issued a report on investigation of the lower Genesee River. The investigation assessed the effects of historic releases from Kodak's operations at the Eastman Business Park (EBP) located in Rochester, New York. The investigation identified EBP-related contamination of certain river sediments, wetland/floodplain soils, and biota (fish/mussels) that has the potential to adversely affect ecological receptors at some locations. The investigation also identified the potential for human exposures to EBP-related contaminated wetland/floodplain soils and biota (fish/mussels). The primary EBP-related contaminant of concern is silver. While the potential for adverse risk to ecological and human receptors appears to be relatively low and localized, DEC will undertake a Corrective Measures Study (CMS) to further evaluate these exposure pathways, and to identify and evaluate possible cleanup options that could be taken to reduce exposures.

The CMS step will involve work plan development, implementation and reporting. DEC expects that additional environmental sampling will need to be performed during this effort to gather information necessary to effectively identify and evaluate possible cleanup options. DEC expects the CMS process will extend into 2018. The CMS report will provide a basis for the selection of a remedy for releases to the Genesee River associated with Kodak's historic operations at Eastman Business Park. DEC will seek public comment on the proposed remedy before making a final remedy determination for the lower Genesee River.

Where to Find Project Information - Document Repositories

The table of contents and executive summary of the investigation report are available:

Lower Genesee River Investigation Report Table of Contents and Executive Summary (PDF) (589 KB)

Because of the large file size, the full investigation report is available on request through DEC's file transfer service. To request access, send email to:

EastmanBusinessPark.Eastman@dec.ny.gov

The report also is available for review at the following locations:

Maplewood Community Library
1111 Dewey Avenue
Rochester, NY 14613

Greece Public Library
2 Vince Tofany Boulevard
Rochester, NY 14612

NYSDEC Region 8 Office
6274 East Avon-Lima Road
Avon, NY 14414-9519
Open Monday - Friday
(585) 226-5324
Please call for appointment

DEC will keep the public informed about this project through periodic posting of updates/documents on this website, issuance of fact sheets, and public meetings at key project milestones.

This project is being handled under DEC's Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) regulatory program that requires cleanups (corrective action) for environmental releases from hazardous waste management facilities like the Eastman Business Park site.

Questions should be directed to:

DEC Project Manager
Larry Thomas (518) 402-9813
lawrence.thomas@dec.ny.gov

DEC Selects Final Remedy for Former Spector Tire Site

DEC has finalized selection of the remedy for this site. The site was historically the location of Spector Tire, a service center that provided auto repair and fueling services, prior to Kodak's ownership. The site is part of the Eastman Business Park and is located on the east side of Lake Avenue, just south of Keehl Street, in Rochester, NY.

A detailed document presenting the DEC's basis for selecting the remedy is now available.

Eastman Business Park - East (EBP-E) Former Spector Tire Site - SWMU E-156 - Final Statement of Basis (PDF) (1.44 MB)

RCRA Hazardous Waste Permit Renewed - January 2015

In January 2015 DEC renewed Kodak and RED-Rochester LLC's RCRA hazardous waste management (Part 373) permit for their Eastman Business Park facility.

The facility currently includes two hazardous waste management units: an incinerator to burn sludge from the facility's wastewater treatment plant; and a tank system to store hazardous waste. The hazardous waste management operations continue under the renewed permit. The corrective action requirements were restructured to recognize that historic contamination is being addressed through an environmental trust that was created in 2014 as part of the Kodak bankruptcy settlement. Corrective action requirements to protect human health and the environment continue under the renewed RCRA permit.

In conjunction with the RCRA permit renewal, DEC issued a Responsiveness Summary that addressed public comments on the draft permit.

Note that the incinerator, used to burn sludge from the facility's wastewater treatment plant, is now regulated under the facility Title V air permit.

Documents Related to Part 373 Permit

Documents are also available at the following locations:

  • NYSDEC Region 8 Office, 6274 E. Avon-Lima Road, Avon NY 14414-9519 (contact person: Scott E. Sheeley, 585-226-5382)
  • NYSDEC Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-7017 (contact person: Debbie Gardell; 518-402-9813)
  • Maplewood Community Library, 1111 Dewey Ave, Rochester, NY 14613
  • Greece Public Library, 2 Vince Tofany Blvd, Rochester, NY 14612
  • Electronic copies of all documents upon request in CD format by contacting Debbie Gardell at (518) 402-9813

Environmental Clean-Up Documents

Eastman Kodak Company - 828177
The Eastman Business Park - South (EBP-S) Former Kodak Building 514 Investigation Area - Statement of Basis (PDF) (3.6 MB) was issued March 2014.

DEC Announces That Remediation Activities at Eastman Business Park Will Continue Following Kodak's Bankruptcy Settlement: Press Release- May 13, 2014


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