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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Lockheed Martin Corporation in Liverpool, New York

On this page:

  • Cleanup Status
  • Site Description
  • Contaminants at this Facility
  • Site Responsibility

Cleanup Status 

 Lockheed Martin Corporation has completed an investigation of releases of hazardous waste at the facility. The company conducted an extensive soil and groundwater investigation to evaluate the site. As a result of past manufacturing and operations, a variety of chemicals used at the facility have impacted soils, sediment and groundwater.

On-Site Groundwater
Following the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Facility Investigation, Lockheed Martin installed a groundwater collection and treatment system that continues to capture contaminated groundwater for treatment. Monitoring wells routinely sample at the perimeter of the Electronics Park facility continue to determine that groundwater contamination is not leaving the site.

Former Gasoline Storage Area
A bioventing treatment system to address contaminated soil was enhanced in June 2003 by installing two additional air sparging wells. The progress of this remedial effort will be determined by the use of monitoring wells.

Former Drum Storage Area
Contaminated soils were removed and disposed of off-site.

Storm Sewers
Contaminated groundwater entered old storm sewers and was transported off-site into Bloody Brook. Repair and replacement of many storm sewers has occurred, and contaminated groundwater is collected and treated on-site prior to discharge under a DEC water discharge permit. Additional repairs or replacement will be performed to sewers on as needed.

Off-Site Stream Contamination
Cleanup of contaminated sediments from Bloody Brook has been completed in a 750 feet section south of the New York State Thruway in 1998. Contaminated sediments were removed and disposed of in a solid waste landfill.

Site Description

 The Lockheed Martin Corporation owns the Electronics Park facility, which is located on Electronics Parkway in the Town of Salina, New York. The Electronics Park facility was constructed in the mid-1940 by the General Electric (GE) Company. Ownership was transferred from GE to the Martin Marietta Corporation in April 1993. In March 1995, Martin Marietta merged with the Lockheed Corporation, becoming Lockheed Martin Corporation. In September 1996, ownership of the Electronics Park facility was transferred to the Empire State Development Corporation. However, Lockheed Martin Corporation remains responsible for addressing contamination associated with the Electronics Park operations.

In the past, various electronic components were manufactured at the Electronics Park facility. These included television picture tubes, semi-conductors, transmitters and receivers, and specialty products. Presently, sonar and radar systems are manufactured at the facility.

Contaminants at this Facility

During the RCRA facility investigation (RFI) of the site, the company discovered elevated levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), heavy metals, and hazardous constituents found in petroleum-based products in on-site soils, sediments and groundwater. The groundwater contamination is limited to the facility property and does not pose a threat to the drinking water supply. In addition, elevated levels of PCBs and metals were discovered in sediment of an off-site stream (West Branch of Bloody Brook).

The section of the stream identified as containing the highest concentrations of cadmium and PCBs is approximately 750 feet long, six feet wide and located south of the New York State Thruway. This section runs through a residential area. Since the discovery, contaminated sediment was removed from the stream bed in 1998 and transported off-site for disposal. On-site contaminated soils and groundwater have been addressed though a number of remedial measures.

Site Responsibility at this Facility

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has the responsibility for implementing corrective measures through a Consent Order.

In 1984 the facility withdraw their Part B Permit Application. It stores only small quantities of hazardous waste for less than 90 days. Therefore, this facility does not require a RCRA permit.