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For Release: Wednesday, August 5, 2015

$100,000 Fine Paid for Brownfield Cleanup Program Violation

The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) fined Garlock Sealing Technologies, LLC ("Garlock"), located in Palmyra, Wayne County $100,000 for its failure to comply with the conditions of its brownfield cleanup agreement, the agency announced today. DEC issued the consent order requiring the civil penalty because Garlock failed to comply with important post-cleanup requirements that are designed to protect public health and the environment.

"The Brownfield Cleanup Program offers an opportunity for contaminated sites to be redeveloped for economic development projects," said DEC Regional Director Paul D'Amato. "However, after completing the cleanup, there are obligations to safeguard human health and monitoring will enforce these obligations."

The Brownfield Cleanup Program encourages the voluntary cleanup of contaminated properties known as brownfields so that they can be reused and redeveloped. For sites participating in the Brownfield Cleanup Program, a Certificate of Completion (COC) is issued when the DEC approves a final engineering report or issues a no further action decision document. A COC provides liability protections as well as tax credits for eligible parties. DEC, however, may revoke a COC for non-compliance with its terms.

Garlock was initially accepted into the state's Brownfield Cleanup Program in August 2005 to investigate and remediate the sites. DEC issued Garlock three COCs: the first in 2006 for the Garlock Klozures Site; the second in 2008 for the Garlock Gylon Site; and the third in 2011 for the Garlock Sealing Technologies Site No. 3.

The COCs require compliance with the Site Management Plans including submitting periodic review reports and the maintenance of engineering controls. Garlock, however, did not submit timely periodic review reports and failed to maintain its soil vapor intrusion mitigation system. Garlock has since addressed its soil vapor intrusion issue and filed the reports.

Garlock manufactures gaskets, oil-seals, compression packing, hydraulic components, and mechanical and expansion joints. Garlock has operated the sites for approximately 100 years.

More information on environmental cleanup and brownfields.

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