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GE will clean up PCBs in Nassau

Sep 22, 2017 1:34 pm
The Albany Times Union reports that the Environmental Protection Agency has ordered PCB-laden soil and sediments removed from land near the Dewey Loeffel Landfill Superfund site in Nassau, in southern Rensselaer County. There are very high levels of contamination along the 1,900-foot-long creek identified as T11A that feeds the Valatie Kill, according to Nassau officials. “We reached out to EPA expressing our concerns. We’re very happy that they agreed. This is a good result. This is not only the removal of PCB-laden soil and sediments, it’s also the restoration of the habitat for the Valatie Kill,” Supervisor David Fleming said Sept. 21. General Electric and other parties responsible for the contamination will pay several million dollars for the clean up. Dewey Loeffel was declared a federal Superfund site in 2011, with an estimated 46,000 tons of toxic industrial waste dumped at the site between 1952 until 1968. Industrial solvents, waste oil, PCBs, scrap materials, sludge, and solids are expected to be scraped from the site by the fall of 2018. The T11A flows into the Valatie Kill which flows into Kinderhook Lake in Columbia County. “This PCB clean-up is an important step but there are many more projects that need to be completed to help heal wounds from decades of failed remediation and government incompetence in protecting the health and safety of Capital Region residents,” Fleming said. Read the full story in the Albany Times Union.