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For Release: Thursday, June 14, 2012

DEC Releases Draft Cleanup Proposal for FMC Off-site Properties in Middleport

Public Comment Period Runs Through July 30, Public Meeting and Availability Session to be Held

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), in cooperation with the New York State Department of Health (DOH), will hold a public meeting and a public availability session regarding the agencies' proposed cleanup plan to remediate properties offsite of the FMC Corporation (FMC) in the village of Middleport, Niagara County.

The proposed cleanup plan, called a proposed Statement of Basis, includes:

  • Removal of contaminated soil at all locations and depths from at least 181 residential, commercial and farm land properties, including the Roy-Hart School. The plan is intended to achieve an arsenic remedial goal of 20 parts per million. There will be some flexibility on a case-specific basis to accommodate property owner concerns.
  • Removed soil will be transported to an on-site corrective action management unit (CAMU) on the FMC Facility. If a CAMU cannot be sited in a timeframe set by DEC, the soil will be sent off-site for disposal or possibly reused as daily cover in a permitted landfill. Soil removed during prior remediation efforts, which is now stored on the FMC property, will be handled in the same manner.
  • In the Culvert 105 area, soil will be excavated to the 20 ppm remedial levels and the storm water management system will be restored.

The proposed cleanup is described in the DEC's draft "Statement of Basis" and applies to the cleanup of soil and sediment in Air Deposition Area 1 including the Royalton Hartland School grounds and along Culvert 105, which have been contaminated primarily with arsenic as a result of past FMC site operations.

Upcoming public sessions will be held as follows:

Public Meeting: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Public Availability Session:Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Middleport Fire Hall
28 Main Street,
Middleport, New York

The public meeting will begin with brief presentations by DEC and DOH and then will be opened to members of the public to make verbal comments on the record regarding the proposed remedy described in the draft cleanup proposal. The public availability session will be informal, where members of the public can ask questions of agencies' staff members on a one-on-one basis regarding the content of the draft cleanup proposal. Written comments can be provided to DEC during both afternoon and evening public sessions.

A 45-day comment period for the draft cleanup proposal will run through July 30. Written comments can be sent by e-mail at derweb@dec.ny.gov or mailed directly to:

Ms. Sally Dewes, P.E., Project Manager
NYS DEC
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-7016

Copies of the proposed cleanup alternative and related documents are available for public review on FMC Middleport - Public Involvement web page. Hard copies of these and other related documents are also available for public review at the FMC Document Repository located at:

Middleport Village Library
9 Vernon Street
Middleport, New York

The FMC plant site, located at 100 Niagara Street in the Village of Middleport, was used to manufacture a number of chemicals used as pesticides and herbicides between the 1920s and the 1980s. In the mid-1980s, the plant shifted from manufacturing to only formulating pesticides (i.e., mixing and packaging) and is presently operating in this capacity. During its manufacturing period, the plant released hazardous and non-hazardous wastes through production activities and disposed of hazardous and non-hazardous wastes in an on-site landfill and a number of surface impoundments.

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