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For Release: Monday, March 5, 2012

Public Invited to Meeting on Country Cleaners Site

Public Comment Period Runs Through March 30

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in conjunction with the State Department of Health (DOH), will hold a public meeting Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m., to present a proposed clean-up plan for the Country Cleaners site in Huntington.

The meeting will be held at Cold Spring Harbor Library and Environmental Center located at 95 Harbor Road, Cold Spring Harbor. At the meeting, DEC, and DOH staff will describe the contents of the cleanup proposal (called a Proposed Remedial Action Plan or PRAP).

The remedy proposed for the site includes using in-situ chemical oxidation followed by in-situ bioremediation on-site and in-situ bioremediation on contaminated groundwater off-site. In-situ chemical oxidation works by injecting chemicals called oxidants into contaminated areas to destroy pollution in soil and groundwater. Oxidants help change harmful chemicals into harmless ones. In-situ bioremediation utilizes naturally occurring microorganisms to break down hazardous substances into less toxic or nontoxic substances. In-situ bioremediation injects compounds into the ground which aid these microorganisms by supplying the proper amounts of nutrients and environmental conditions for the microbes to grow and multiply and break down more chemicals.

The remedy also includes the instituting a site management plan and an environmental easement to ensure effectiveness of the remedy and the proper use of the site in the future.

The public comment period for the proposed remedy runs through March 30, 2012.

DEC developed the proposed remedy after reviewing a detailed investigation of the site and the evaluation of remedial options in the "feasibility study" submitted under New York's State Superfund Program.

The site is listed as a Class "2" site in the State Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Sites (list of State Superfund sites). A Class 2 site represents a significant threat to public health or the Environment; action is required.

DEC will consider public comments as it finalizes the preferred remedy for the site. The selected remedy will be described in a document called a "Record of Decision" that will explain why the remedy was selected and respond to public comments.


The site is located at 410 West Main Street, Huntington, Suffolk County, and consists of a single story building with parking and is adjacent to residences and commercial properties along West Main Street. The site is currently in use by a dry cleaning facility. Dry cleaning operations have been conducted there since at least 1985 and have hosted numerous companies. On-site dry cleaning operations ceased operations around 2007.

In 1997, tetrachloroethene (PCE), a dry cleaning fluid, was found contaminating soil beneath a condensate pipe at the southeast corner of the building and a nearby storm drain. In 2001, under the order and oversight of the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, the owner remediated the storm drain and removed two inches of soil from the unpaved area adjacent to the building. A remedial investigation (RI) was conducted by DEC from 2008 to 2010 and found contamination in groundwater under the dry cleaning property and the adjacent property to the northeast. The primary contaminant of concern found in groundwater was PCE, although breakdown products including trichloroethene (TCE) and dichloroethene (DCE) were also detected. Levels of contaminants above standards were not found in soil during the investigation.

Next Steps:

DEC is accepting written comments about the proposed plan for 30 days, from March 1, 2012 through March 30, 2012. The proposed plan is available for review at DEC's Regional Office at 50 Circle Road, Stony Brook and on DEC's Region 1 Environmental Remediation Project Information website at

Comments and questions should be sent to:

Mr. Joseph Jones
Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Environmental Remediation
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-7015
(518) 402-9621

Site-Related Health Questions

Mr. Steven Karpinski,
New York State Department of Health,
547 River Street, Room 300
Troy, NY 12180
(518) 402-7880

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