PCBs from superfund site detected in Little Thunder Brook after storm
Mike Gwizdala reports in the Troy Record that Town of Nassau Supervisor David Fleming says that flooding in the Rensselaer County town July 14 has caused some PCBs from the Loeffel Superfund Site to be found in other locations. “At this time, the area most significantly impacted appears to be Little Thunder Brook. This is a tributary that flows from Loeffel Superfund Site into the Valatie Kill and is a part of the Hudson River Estuary. The brook contains high levels of PCBs,” Fleming said. The New York State Department of Conservation and the United States Environmental Protection Agency sampled soil and water in the area. “The initial tests by EPA involved ten sediment samples along the Valatie Kill. According to EPA, in nine of the ten properties, the results indicate that PCBs were either not detected or were present at low concentrations below the regulatory level established by New York State for soil on residential properties. At one property located in close proximity to the Loeffel site, the result indicates that PCBs were detected above the regulatory level established by New York State for soil on residential properties.” Fleming reported. “The environmental impacts of this recent flooding will not be understood for some time. Nassau will continue to pursue additional testing and will not relent in communicating the need for complete remediation of this toxic scar on the Capital Region,” Fleming noted. The EPA also reported testing in the village of Nassau and around Nassau Lake, where PCBs were either not detected or were present at low concentrations below the regulatory level established by New York state for residential soil. The EPA will not continue sampling in these areas. Surface water samples were also collected from Little Thunder Brook and the Valatie Kill and were "consistent with historical results," according to the story. Read more about this story in the Troy Record.