NYS DEC to expedite contamination cleanup at Rickett’s Dry Cleaners site – Saratogian

BALLSTON SPA, NY — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), in consultation with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), recently announced an expedited cleanup of contamination at the Rickett’s Dry Cleaners site (“site”) located at 2017-2019 Doubleday Avenue, in Ballston Spa.

The expedited cleanup activities are expected to begin this month and last about two months. The activities will be performed by NYSDEC using the State Superfund.

The site is listed as a class “2” site in the State Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites (list of State Superfund sites). A class 2 site represents a significant threat to public health or the environment; action is required.

Interim Remedial Measure (IRM) Work Plan:

An IRM is a cleanup activity that may be performed when a source of contamination or exposure pathway (the way in which a person may contact contamination) can be effectively addressed without extensive investigation and evaluation.

The IRM Work Plan describes cleanup activities that include:

  • Controlled demolition, including watering for dust control, of the
    on-site buildings to the concrete slab and off-site disposal of the
    demolition debris;
  • All applicable state and local permits (eg, demolition permit) will
    be obtained;
  • Import of clean material for use as backfill;
  • Implementation of a Health and Safety Plan and Community Air
    Monitoring Plan during all ground intrusive and demolition
    activities; and
  • Implementation of a Vibration Monitoring Plan as determined
    necessary by Condition Assessments performed at adjacent
    properties.

Next steps:

Upon completion, a Construction Completion Report will be prepared that documents the activities that were performed. The IRM will afford the NYSDEC greater access to investigate the site and fully delineate the nature and extent of contamination attributed to past operations onsite. Additional Remedial Investigation (RI) activities will be conducted after the completion of the IRM. These activities will include, but may not be limited to, installing and sampling soil bores to identify possible on-site sources of contamination and installing and sampling groundwater wells to monitor impacts from areas of concern.

NYSDEC said they will keep the public informed throughout the investigation and cleanup of the site.

Website description:

The 1.38-acre site is located in a suburban area of ​​Ballston Spa. The property is bounded on the east by Doubleday Avenue (State Route 50), on the north and west by residential properties and Park Street, and on the south by the intersection of Doubleday Avenue and Park Street. The primary site use has historically been as a laundry and dry cleaners along with a small self-service car wash at the south end of the property. The dry cleaners were in operation for at least four decades. The operations at the site ceased in approximately 2013, and the site is currently unoccupied.

Additional site details, including environmental and health assessment summaries, are available on NYSDEC’s Environmental Site Remediation Database (by entering the site ID, 546058) at: https://www.dec.ny.gov/cfmx/extapps/derexternal/index. cfm?pageid=3

Summary of the investigation:

NYSDEC is performing an RI. Based on the preliminary results, the primary contaminants of concern at the site are chlorinated volatile organic compounds associated with prior on-site dry-cleaning operations. The environmental media affected are soil, groundwater, and soil vapor. Upon completion of the IRM, additional data will be collected as part of the RI, as necessary, to fully delineate the nature and extent of site-related contamination.

Thereafter, a Feasibility Study will be developed which identifies, screens, and evaluates alternatives for cleanup. Once a preferred option for site cleanup is identified, a Proposed Remedial Action Plan will be released for public comment and a public meeting will be held.

State Superfund Program:

New York’s State Superfund Program (SSF) identifies and characterizes suspected inactive hazardous waste disposal sites. Sites that pose a significant threat to public health and/or the environment go through a process of investigation, evaluation, cleanup, and monitoring.

NYSDEC attempts to identify parties responsible for site contamination and require cleanup before committing State funds.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos. (Picture file)

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