Hazardous Waste Cleanup: McKesson Envirosystems in Syracuse Falls, New York
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- Cleanup Status
- Site Description
- Contaminants at this Facility
- Site Responsibility
During the site investigation, elevated levels of volatile and semi-volatile organics, such as xylene, methylene chloride, methanol, acetone and N,N-dimethylaniline were identified at concentrations above environmental standards, criteria and guidance in soil and groundwater at the facility. The March 1994 and 1997 Record of Decisions stated that there was a potential health risk through human contact with contaminated soils and groundwater within the site boundaries. Groundwater monitoring indicated that contaminants did not appear to be migrating off site.
A Record of Decision was issued in March of 1994 and called for the bioremediation of unsaturated soils. This action was implemented in 1995 and has successfully treated 20,000 cubic yards of contaminated soils. The ground surface has been graded and seeded to promote runoff and reduce infiltration into remedial areas. A March 1997 Record of Decision was issued to address saturated soils via an anaerobic bioremediation system. This action was completed in early 1998 and had been operational for approximately 5 years. The facility will continue groundwater monitoring for process control and post-remedial evaluation.
The facility is approximately 8.2 acres in size and is located at 400 Bear Street West in the city of Syracuse, south of Onondaga Lake. The facility has been used since the 1930's as a bulk petroleum distribution terminal for gasoline, diesel fuel, heating oil, etc. In 1973, the facility was converted to a chemical distribution terminal. The storage tanks were used for temporary storage of spent solvents, mixtures and by-products. During the operation of the facility, releases occurred from spills and tank leakage. Soil samples collected in 1984 revealed the presence of hazardous constituents in soil and groundwater.
Contaminants at this Facility
During the site investigation, elevated levels of volatile and semi-volatile organics, such as xylene, methylene chloride, methanol, acetone and N,N-dimethylaniline were identified at concentrations above environmental standards, criteria and guidance in soil and groundwater at the facility.
Site Responsibility at this Facility
New York State Order on Consent, Article 27, Title 13