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Dewey Loeffel Landfill Cleanup

Dewey Loeffel Landfill Cleanup

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EPA Website: Nassau Request for Changes


From: david.fleming 

Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

To: Battipaglia, Joseph

Subject: EPA Website

 

Joe,

At the last Nassau public meeting on the Loeffel Superfund Site, a resident (former senior attorney for NYSDEC) indicated that the EPA's website on the groundwater status indicates that the contaminated groundwater status was "under control".  

EPA indicated at that meeting that you would review this designation. Given the continuing installation of monitoring wells, incomplete data and the discovery of contamination in areas outside the landfill, I find this designation misleading to the average citizen.

Further, in a December 2013 video, former EPA Regional Administrator Enck is on record stating that the contamination is leaving the site and contaminating groundwater.

I would appreciate your listing on the website more accurately reflect the current conditions at the site.

Thank you.

David Fleming

 

From: "Joseph Battipaglia"
To: "david.fleming"
Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2017 10:50:39 AM
Subject: RE: EPA Website

Supervisor Fleming,

 

Subsequent to the public meeting on January 25, 2017, I had further discussions with my management regarding the groundwater control status for the Dewey Loeffel Landfill Superfund site. Based on available site information, the designation of “under control” remains the most appropriate for the status of site groundwater considering the operation of the groundwater extraction and treatment system and the monitoring data collected to date. EPA will review the site status designations as new information becomes available. If new information becomes available that warrants changing any of the site status designations, EPA will change those designations on our website.

 

Thank you,

Joe

 

 

 


EPA Correspondence: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 9:54:22 AM
Subject: Dewey Loeffel Landfill Superfund Site: Recent and Upcoming Field Work

Supervisor Fleming and Superintendent McCagg,

 

Below is a summary of the upcoming field work that is anticipated to occur outside of the landfill property itself, as well as some other notable upcoming or recently completed site activities.

·         Landfill/Groundwater Investigation:

o   As part of the investigation of shallow groundwater, the installation of shallow groundwater wells located both inside and immediately adjacent to the landfill began in December 2016 and is scheduled to resume in April 2017. A total of 37 shallow wells will be installed at 19 locations in the overburden and shallow bedrock (see the attached figure). Consistent with the approved investigation work plan, the locations and depths of these new wells were selected based upon the results of the direct-sensing investigation and the discrete groundwater and soil sampling conducted in 2016. Following installation and development, these wells will be sampled to help determine the nature and extent of shallow groundwater impacts.

o   As part of the investigation of deep bedrock groundwater, three new deep bedrock boreholes were installed between December 2016 and February 2017. The attached figure shows the approximate locations of these 3 new bedrock boreholes (referred to as DBH-01, DBH-02 and DBH-03). Several different sampling and testing activities will be conducted within the three bedrock boreholes before they are ultimately converted into multi-level monitoring wells and sampled to help determine the nature and extent of deep groundwater impacts. The first step of these additional sampling/testing activities in the three new bedrock wells is a geophysical survey, which is used to locate water-bearing zones within bedrock matrix. The geophysical survey is tentatively scheduled to begin the week of February 20th and is expected to continue into March 2017.

o   The reinstallation of three monitoring wells located to the south of the landfill is scheduled to begin in April 2017.

o   As part of the investigation of vapor intrusion, the installation of three shallow groundwater monitoring wells was completed in August 2016. One well was installed at a property along Central Nassau Road and two wells were installed at a property along Mead Road. The development of these wells was completed in January 2017 and the three wells are scheduled to be sampled in March 2017. Consistent with the approved investigation work plan, the results of the sampling of the shallow wells will be used to evaluate the potential for vapor intrusion.

o   Some of the abovementioned activities may be visible along Mead Road, Central Nassau Road and Curtis Hill Road. Traffic control measures were implemented during the preceding month and may be required during the upcoming month.

·          Drainageways Investigation:

o   No field work expected in the next month.

·         Monitoring and Other Activities:

o   The February 2017 residential well monitoring event was completed on February 8th. The next residential well monitoring event is scheduled for May 2017 and will include residential wells monitored on a quarterly and semi-annual basis.

 

Should you have any questions, please feel free to let me know.

 

Thank you,

Joe

 

 

 


EPA Update 21 February 2017
From: Battipaglia, Joseph
Sent: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:54:22 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Dewey Loeffel Landfill Superfund Site: Recent and Upcoming Field Work

Supervisor Fleming and Superintendent McCagg,

Below is a summary of the upcoming field work that is anticipated to occur outside of the landfill property itself, as well as some other notable upcoming or recently completed site activities.

*         Landfill/Groundwater Investigation:

o   As part of the investigation of shallow groundwater, the installation of shallow groundwater wells located both inside and immediately adjacent to the landfill began in December 2016 and is scheduled to resume in April 2017. A total of 37 shallow wells will be installed at 19 locations in the overburden and shallow bedrock (see the attached figure). Consistent with the approved investigation work plan, the locations and depths of these new wells were selected based upon the results of the direct-sensing investigation and the discrete groundwater and soil sampling conducted in 2016. Following installation and development, these wells will be sampled to help determine the nature and extent of shallow groundwater impacts.

o   As part of the investigation of deep bedrock groundwater, three new deep bedrock boreholes were installed between December 2016 and February 2017. The attached figure shows the approximate locations of these 3 new bedrock boreholes (referred to as DBH-01, DBH-02 and DBH-03). Several different sampling and testing activities will be conducted within the three bedrock boreholes before they are ultimately converted into multi-level monitoring wells and sampled to help determine the nature and extent of deep groundwater impacts. The first step of these additional sampling/testing activities in the three new bedrock wells is a geophysical survey, which is used to locate water-bearing zones within bedrock matrix. The geophysical survey is tentatively scheduled to begin the week of February 20th and is expected to continue into March 2017.

o   The reinstallation of three monitoring wells located to the south of the landfill is scheduled to begin in April 2017.

o   As part of the investigation of vapor intrusion, the installation of three shallow groundwater monitoring wells was completed in August 2016. One well was installed at a property along Central Nassau Road and two wells were installed at a property along Mead Road. The development of these wells was completed in January 2017 and the three wells are scheduled to be sampled in March 2017. Consistent with the approved investigation work plan, the results of the sampling of the shallow wells will be used to evaluate the potential for vapor intrusion.

o   Some of the abovementioned activities may be visible along Mead Road, Central Nassau Road and Curtis Hill Road. Traffic control measures were implemented during the preceding month and may be required during the upcoming month.

*          Drainageways Investigation:


o   No field work expected in the next month.

*         Monitoring and Other Activities:


o   The February 2017 residential well monitoring event was completed on February 8th. The next residential well monitoring event is scheduled for May 2017 and will include residential wells monitored on a quarterly and semi-annual basis.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to let me know.

Thank you,
Joe


EPA Update of February 15, 2017 on 1,4-dioxane Filter Change:
From: "Joseph Battipaglia
To: "david.fleming" 
Cc: "Larisa Romanowski" , "Lani Richards" 
Sent: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 2:57:44 PM
Subject: RE: EPA Update on Sampling of Treated Water from the Treatment Plant at the Dewey Loeffel Landfill Superfund Site Located in Nassau, Rensselaer County

Supervisor Fleming,

 

I wanted to inform you that GE and SI Group have scheduled a carbon change-out for Thursday, March 9th. The treated effluent results for February 1, 2017 are now available and should be distributed and posted on our website later this afternoon. The treated effluent result for 1,4-dioxane on February 1, 2017 was 2.9 parts per billion (ppb).

 

Thank you,

Joe

 

 

From: david.fleming  
Sent: Wednesday, February 08, 2017 10:58 AM
To: Battipaglia, Joseph 
Cc: Romanowski, Larisa <; Lani Richards 
Subject: Re: EPA Update on Sampling of Treated Water from the Treatment Plant at the Dewey Loeffel Landfill Superfund Site Located in Nassau, Rensselaer County

 

Thank you.

 

 

David F. Fleming, Jr., Supervisor
Town of Nassau
29 Church Street, P.O. Box 587
Nassau, New York  12123
518.766.3559 ext. 2
www.townofnassau.org

 


From: "Joseph Battipaglia"
To: "david.fleming", "Larisa Romanowski"
Cc: "Lani Richards"
Sent: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 10:45:00 AM
Subject: RE: EPA Update on Sampling of Treated Water from the Treatment Plant at the Dewey Loeffel Landfill Superfund Site Located in Nassau, Rensselaer County

 

Supervisor Fleming,

 

GE and SI Group are currently making arrangements for the scheduling of a carbon change-out at the treatment plant. I will let you know of the date once it is scheduled.   

 

Thanks,
Joe

 

From: david.fleming 
Sent: Wednesday, February 08, 2017 9:21 AM
To: Romanowski, Larisa ; Battipaglia, Joseph 
Cc: Lani Richards 
Subject: Re: EPA Update on Sampling of Treated Water from the Treatment Plant at the Dewey Loeffel Landfill Superfund Site Located in Nassau, Rensselaer County

 

The 1,4-dioxane results are now at 2.3 ppb. I would like to know the anticipated schedule for filter change.

Thank you.

David Fleming

 


Please note that the EPA will hold a public information meeting for the Dewey Loeffel Landfill Superfund Site on Wednesday, January 25 in Nassau (see page 1 of Community Update for more meeting information).

The Winter 2017 Community Update is also available on EPA’s webpage: https://semspub.epa.gov/src/collection/02/SC31269.


EPA Update: January 26, 2017 5:26:46 PM
Subject: RE: Dewey Loeffel

Hi Supervisor Fleming,

 

I am following up with respect to the comments submitted by the Town of Nassau on January 3, 2017 regarding the draft Site Characterization Summary Report (SCSR) for the Dewey Loeffel Landfill Superfund site. With respect to the first comment, following EPA’s approval of the SCSR, a work plan will be submitted that proposes additional field work and sampling to be conducted for phase 2 of the investigation of the drainageways. The phase 2 investigation field work for the drainageways is scheduled to be completed in 2018, followed by the completion of human health and ecological risk assessments and a feasibility study.  If you have any questions regarding the schedules for either the landfill-groundwater or drainageways investigations, please let me know. As I mentioned during last night’s meeting, EPA is in the process of evaluating options to address soils with elevated concentrations of PCBs within the T11A drainageway.

 

With respect to the second comment, EPA will request in its comments to GE that EPA’s regional screening levels be included as an appendix to the report. This will ensure that comparative criteria are available as a reference. With respect to the third comment, EPA will provide a comment to GE asking that they clarify why the reporting limits differ between parameters and whether any interferences occurred in the data.

 

I expect to provide comments on the SCSR to GE shortly and will be in touch after responses are received.


EPA UPDATE: January 24, 2017 12:22:08 PM
Subject: EPA Update on Sampling of Treated Water from the Treatment Plant at the Dewey Loeffel Landfill Superfund Site Located in Nassau, Rensselaer County  

The data from the sampling conducted on January 11, 2017 is now available on EPA’s Dewey Loeffel Landfill Superfund Site webpage.

 

For more information about the site, and to view the most recent sampling results, visit www.epa.gov/superfund/dewey-loeffel-landfill. The sampling data is now located in the middle of the Dewey Loeffel homepage in the “Topics in Focus” text box.  

 


Nassau Email to EPA - January 3, 2017
RE: Summary Report for Dewey Loeffel Landfill Drainage Ways

To: "Joseph Battipaglia" 
Cc: "Larisa Romanowski" 
Sent: Tuesday, January 3, 2017 8:50:49 AM
Subject: Dewey Loeffel

Good morning.
Please note the following comments from the Town of Nassau related to the Summery Report for Dewey Loeffel Landfill Superfund Site Drainage Ways.
Please be sure to reach out to me with any comments or questions. 

 

1.  We recommend that further delineation of soil and sediment contamination be performed expeditiously so that remediation can occur to limit continuing spread of PCBs and other site related contaminants and to reduce exposure to residents living in the area.

 

2.  Analytical results include a number of other contaminants, such as heavy metals, pesticides, semi-volatile organic compounds and dioxins/furans. It would be helpful if the tables included a column that indicates levels of concern/action levels for comparison.

 

3.  There are many sample results that indicate “ND” but with a concentration given in parentheses. The explanation is that the associated value is the compound quantitation limit. In some cases, the quantitation limit seems quite high, is that due to interferences in the soil/sediment sample or is there some other explanation?  For instance the analytical result for sample number NL15-IL-SED-01 (0-6 inches) for 2,4-dinitrophenol was ND (4,100) microgram/kilogram.

 

Thank you in advance for your review and consideration.

 

David Fleming


David F. Fleming, Jr., Supervisor
Town of Nassau
29 Church Street, P.O. Box 587
Nassau, New York  12123
518.766.3559 ext. 2