New contamination found, believed to be related to Dewey Loeffel
Apr 04, 2019 2:45 pm
Lauren Stanforth is reporting for the Times Union Nassau Town Supervisor David Fleming said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is investigating newly discovered environmental contamination believed to be related to the Dewey Loeffel Superfund site five miles away. Fleming said the newly found contamination off Route 203 is believed to be related to Loeffel operations decades ago, perhaps as a staging area for trucks. The EPA must investigate more what the origin of the contamination is. The town, along with the EPA, the state Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Health, as well as the Rensselaer County Department of Health, are reaching out to residents that may have been impacted by the new area of contamination, according to a statement released by Fleming on April 3. The roughly 19-acre landfill off Mead Road is located four miles northeast of the village of Nassau, and was formerly used as a dump in the 1950s and 1960s. Twenty-six private wells were tested in the area of the new contamination and the preliminary indicated none were found to have dangerous levels of chemicals such as PCBs. Three wells were found to have the chemical TCE present, but the levels were low enough for safe human consumption. Read the full story in the Times Union.