2008 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2008 07:25:24 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Vestal, New York vapor intrusion
Vestal faces long-term TCE cleanup
Efforts target properties around plaza

By Tom Wilber
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin (NY
March 19, 2008

Cleaning pollution affecting dozens of properties in Vestal could take 
30 years or more after a $2.2 million investment of state Superfund 
money for the latest cleanup technology, environmental officials told 
residents Tuesday night.

Trichloroethylene (TCE) pollution exceeding the state's cleanup 
standards has sunk too deep below a plaza at 1808 Vestal Parkway E. to 
remove it by excavation, said Thomas Gibbons, a project manager with the 
state Depart-ment of Environmental Conservation.

So officials are recommending technology called In Situ Biodegradation, 
which involves injecting the ground with pollution-eating agents and 
using pumps to extract chemicals.

The subterranean TCE plume runs northwest from under the former Hidden 
Valley Electronics site -- now a plaza occupied by American Family 
Fitness and several other businesses -- to the Twin Orchards 
neighborhood. Officials tested more than 60 homes and three businesses 
in the area, and installed systems where they found high TCE 
concentrations collecting below foundations. The systems -- which vent 
the fumes from under the properties -- have been installed at 13 homes 
and the fitness center, Gibbons said.


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Lenny Siegel
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a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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