This public availability webpage provides an update on the ongoing investigation and cleanup actions, offers additional information and resources for the public, and provides a sharing platform of all materials presented in past Public Availability Sessions and Communications here.
Further details and information is provided on the NYSDEC site website:
DEC and DOH are committed to supervising a careful and thorough cleanup of the Study Area and other locations outside the Study Area which potentially have similar concerns. The investigation and cleanup are being completed to address potential exposure to contaminants above the NYS residential soil clean up objective (primarily arsenic, cadmium, lead and semi-volatile organic compounds).
As with previous in person availability sessions the agencies make themselves available to answer your questions, concerns and interest in the ongoing environmental activities in the Study Area. Project experts from DEC, DOH, Corning Incorporated and partnering consultants will be available to provide detailed information on the extensive work completed this summer, the ongoing work, and plans for future investigation and cleanup activities including areas in the surrounding community. We look forward to addressing your questions and concerns.
DEC AND DOH NEED YOUR HELP. The Agencies ask for any information or feedback regarding these additional investigation areas, or if you encounter ash/brick/glass on your property. You can contact the DEC and DOH teams by either:
Emailing us at [email protected]; or
Calling our hotline at the toll-free number 833-770-1716; or
Filling out our online form at https://studyareacorning.com/contact-us/
The public should be aware that in areas where these materials have been encountered the remedial approach has generally consisted of:
- Clean Cover Soil. A clean cover consistent with the current land use has been required (one foot for industrial or commercial; two foot for residential). Ash/brick/glass should not be left on the ground surface. Excavation and off-site disposal may be required to accommodate the cover.
- A Site Management Plan (SMP). The SMP includes (but may not be limited to) an Excavation Work Plan which details the provisions for management of future excavations, including a provision to allow a residential property owner to dispose of inconsequential amounts of ash, brick and/or glass in household garbage; however, this provision is intended for the convenience of homeowners (as it is based on the Household Hazardous Waste Exemption under RCRA EPA’s hazardous waste law).
- Reduce Soil Contact. All soils contain naturally occurring metals and microorganisms and, therefore, it is always a good idea to minimize getting soil onto the body. People may come into incidental contact with contaminants present in soils through home maintenance and recreational activities. Maintenance of a grass or mulch cover will help prevent direct contact with the soil. Unnecessary digging in the dirt should be avoided, and children and adults should wash hands after outdoor activities. The use of doormats and periodic damp mopping of floors can help reduce exposure to outdoor soil that might be tracked indoors.