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Second Superfund site announced in Nassau

Oct 07, 2021 1:01 pm

Kenneth C. Crowe II reports in the Times Union that the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Oct. 6 a second location in Nassau in Rensselaer County as an environmentally hazardous State Superfund site. The property on Route 203 is being named a State Superfund site because of severely contaminated with materials including suspected carcinogens there. In 2011, the Dewey Loeffel Landfill in Nassau was named a federal Superfund site because of an estimated 46,000 tons of industrial waste buried there including industrial solvents, waste oil, PCBs, scrap materials, sludge, and solids. “We consider it based on the context to be related, but it’s being treated as a separate Superfund site,” Nassau Supervisor David Fleming said Oct. 6. “We have an opportunity to clean it up correctly and for it to be the gold standard for cleanup.” The DEC says the second site is being named a Superfund location because it “presents a significant threat to public health and/or the environment.” The new site contains “on-site soil, groundwater, and pond sediments [that] are contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls, volatile organic compounds, and metals above standards, criteria, and guidance levels.” Officials speculate that trucks that hauled materials to the Dewey Loeffel Landfill may have been washed at the second location. "The stigma of a new Superfund site is certainly unwelcome on its face but I also believe it is an opportunity to use this cleanup as a new chapter to learn from the toxic legacy of fumbled remediations the federal and state governments had attempted in the past,” Fleming said. Read more about this story in the Times Union.