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For Release: Thursday, July 7, 2011

DEC: Number of Open Spills Down 60 Percent Since 2003

$28.2 Million Recovered Through Remediation Programs in FY 2010-11

The number of open spill cases administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's Spill Response Program involving unauthorized spills and contaminant discharges decreased by 61 percent over the past eight years, according to a report released today by DEC Commissioner Joe Martens. DEC also recovered $28.2 million during fiscal year 2010-11 through four remediation programs DEC administers.

"DEC's remediation programs protect the public health and the environment by making sure pollutants, chemicals and other harmful materials are cleaned up and taken care of," Commissioner Martens said. "DEC has made great progress in cleaning up spills with 60 percent less open spills today than eight years ago. Site remediation is also an important component of economic development that allows sites to be redeveloped. This reuse of formally contaminated sites allows greenfield sites to remain green."

DEC's Spill Response Program works to ensure timely responses to unauthorized spills and discharges of contaminants by investigating and remediating such incidents. In January 2003 when the Program's spill closure initiative began, there were 32,948 open spills in New York State. At the end of fiscal year 2010-11 that number had decreased to 12,752.

DEC recovered a total of $28.2 million in the last fiscal year from remedial parties to pay for site cleanup and remediation. Through the Spill Response Program, DEC recovered $14.8 million. The State Superfund Program, Brownfield Cleanup Program and Voluntary Cleanup Program recovered $10 million, $2.2 million and $1.2 million, respectively.

In addition, DEC approved 38 Brownfield Cleanup Program applications in 2010-11, which is 12 more than during the previous fiscal year. DEC received 46 brownfields applications in fiscal year 2010-11, which is up by 15 from the previous year. This suggests there is increasing interest in redeveloping sites across the state.

DEC has created a county-by-county email listserv that keeps subscribers informed about investigation and cleanup activities at contaminated sites in their county. DEC encourages individuals across the state to sign up to get information. To be added to DEC's remediation listserv, visit the DEC website.

The complete annual report (PDF) (517 KB) on its environmental remediation efforts can be found on the DEC's website.

19 Superfund Site Cleanups with Remedial Action Taken in 2010-11
Site Name Site Number County
1 Former Diamond Cleaners 808030 Chemung
2 Newstead - Fletcher Road Site 915139 Erie
3 NFG - Gastown MGP Tonawanda 915171 Erie
4 Spaulding Fibre 915050 Erie
5 Eastman Kodak Co. - Kodak Park "M" 828082 Monroe
6 Alsy Manufacturing, Inc 130027 Nassau
7 Carborundum Company, Globar 932036 Niagara
8 NYSEG - Lockport State Road MGP 932109 Niagara
9 NM - Utica Harbor Point MGP 633021 Oneida
10 OR - Genung Ave. - Middletown MGP 336050 Orange
11 K - Clifton MGP - Staten Island 243023 Richmond
12 Sharon Cleaners 546052 Saratoga
13 Seneca Army Depot 850006 Seneca
14 St. Lawrence-Grasse River; Massena area 645015 St. Lawrence
15 Astro Electroplating, Inc. 152036 Suffolk
16 K - Bayshore MGP 152172 Suffolk
17 Lawrence Aviation Industries 152016 Suffolk
18 NYSEG - Ithaca Court St. MGP 755008 Tompkins
19 Rotron - Woodstock 356009 Ulster
24 Brownfield Cleanup Sites with Certificates of Completion Issued in 2010-11
Site Name Site Number County
1 Cornerstone Site B1 C203044 Bronx
2 Courtlandt Corner I C203040 Bronx
3 Courtlandt Corner II C203041 Bronx
4 Former Metro North Property C203030 Bronx
5 Schweizer Aircraft Corporation C808033 Chemung
6 Former Drive & Park Inc. Site C314111 Dutchess
7 Nine Mall Plaza C314114 Dutchess
8 PURA-14 Site C314108 Dutchess
9 1132-1146 Seneca St. C915228 Erie
10 Buffalo Color Corporation Site Area C C915231 Erie
11 Niagara Transformer Corp C915234 Erie
12 Davidson Collision C828091 Monroe
13 River Park Commons - Townhouses C828125 Monroe
14 West 42nd Street Redevelopment Project C231051 New York
15 3807 Highland Avenue Site C932145 Niagara
16 Remington Rand Building C932142 Niagara
17 P&S / Boyd Ave. C734102 Onondaga
18 OCA LIC Fifth Street Mixed-Use Housing C241098 Queens
19 Queens West Waterfront Development - 00505C C241096 Queens
20 Queens West Waterfront Development - 00505D C241095 Queens
21 Coral Island Shopping Center C243033 Richmond
22 Ciabattoni Property C344068 Rockland
23 Utility Platers, Inc./Kingston Diagnostics C356035 Ulster
24 Former Hudson Wire Co. C360065 Westchester
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