Fleming not pleased with Dewey Loeffel landfill cleanup
Aug 17, 2018 2:03 pm
The Troy Record reports that Nassau Town Supervisor David Fleming is not pleased with the proposed remediation project after talking with officials from the EPA about contamination from the Dewey Loeffel Toxic Landfill. The Valatie Kill, known as T-11A, flows from Rensselaer County south to Columbia County, eventually into the Hudson River. It has been contaminated from the Dewey Loeffel Toxic Landfill in Nassau. The stream was “remediated” by NYSDEC more than 15 years ago, but current contamination in the stream, in some areas, is 100 to 1,000 parts per million. That's well above the 0.5 parts per million standard. The EPA will oversee the General Electric company excavating and disposing of PCB-contaminated soil and sediment. The company will also backfill the site and restore the habitat in the tributary. “I’m currently unimpressed with the scope of this remediation project as outlined by EPA,” said Fleming in a press release. “The principal boundaries reviewed for remediation start at the 50 year flood limits. With Hurricane Irene and other storms, Nassau has declared States of Emergency at least two times in the last several years with flood water exceeding 100 year flood stages. I remain unconvinced that the work, as proposed, will sufficiently clean this waterway. Without a comprehensive cleanup of this stream and full remediation of the toxic cocktail that is the Loeffel Landfill, agencies involved in the Loeffel Superfund Site appear to follow their usual actions of putting Band-Aids on bullet wounds.” Read the full story in The Troy Record.