2009 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Sat, 17 Oct 2009 15:49:16 -0700 (PDT)
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Subject: [CPEO-BIF] TCE vapors found in Endicott's (NY) north side
TCE found in basements north of plume
Pollution-blocking equipment being installed in 25 more structures

By Tom Wilber
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin (NY)
October 17, 2009

Nearly seven years after plumes of industrial solvent were found wafting into basements in Endicott, state officials are still finding homes contaminated by similar pollution in neighborhoods to the north.

Contractors working for the state Department of Environmental Conservation are installing pollution-blocking equipment on about 25 more structures affected by TCE pollution in the June Street area, a residential neighborhood extending from Endicott's North Side into the Town of Union.

Within a week or two, they will generate a list of additional homes to be tested, said Lori Severino, a spokeswoman for the agency.

Officials have already installed devices on about 35 homes in the area to vacuum TCE fumes out from under the foundations. They are called sub-slab depressurization systems, and work on the same principal as radon prevention equipment. That is, they use pipes to vent gas that builds up under a foundation.


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Lenny Siegel
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