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For Release: Wednesday, July 1, 2015

DEC Announces Public Meeting to Discuss Environmental Studies at Elmira High School, Adjacent Properties and Waterways

Initial phases of environmental sampling and response actions conducted at Elmira High School (EHS) are part of the continuing remediation of the former Remington Rand industrial facility, announced Paul D'Amato, Regional Director for the New State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 8 office. Staff from DEC, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and Unisys Corporation will hold a public meeting to discuss details of the recent environmental work and planned next steps. The meeting will take place from 6:30 PM. - 8 PM on July 9, 2015, at the Elmira Holiday Inn-Riverview, Banquet Room, 760 E. Water Elmira, Chemung County.

These activities augment the ongoing environmental management program implemented at EHS until more information can be obtained. Based on recommendations from the DOH in 2001, environmental management of the EHS property has been ongoing and continues to ensure that school occupants are not being exposed to contaminants related to historic use of the property.

Unisys Corporation (Unisys), successor to Remington Rand, signed a consent order in 2010 to investigate contaminant impacts in former industrial drainage pipes and off-site waterways at the former Scott Technologies property south of EHS. The findings of this investigation, along with the results of the previous investigations and historical Remington Rand and EHS construction/industrial plans, provided the basis for additional consent orders in 2014 to conduct site characterization studies at EHS and former Scott Technologies. Work completed by Unisys at EHS was in addition to that required by the EHS Environmental Management Plan and included the testing of indoor air, soil vapor, soil and groundwater in addition to the installation of additional protective mitigation systems. As precautionary measures, they have installed a soil vapor mitigation system and temporary soil cover at locations on the school property. In addition, the school district restricted access to grassed areas and athletic fields where polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were found in shallow soils last year.

Additional environmental characterization and investigation work will continue at these properties and in off-site waterways through the rest of 2015. Findings from this work will be used to determine the need for any additional investigation or other cleanup activities necessary to address contamination or to mitigate potential human exposures or significant threat impacts to the environment. Unisys is conducting this work at no cost to the school district or the State and project oversight is being conducted by DEC and DOH in addition to review by the NYS State Education Department for EHS activities.

For more information, an informational fact sheet on the sites is available.

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