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Hazardous Waste Cleanup: Republic Environmental Systems in Farmingdale, New York

On this page:

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

Cleanup Status 

Under the Facility Closure Plan, facility closure activities included decontamination of permanent structures (i.e., building floors, walls and ceiling, containment structures) using high-pressure steam and detergent., decontamination and removal of non-permanent equipment and structures (i.e., tanks, filters, piping ducts). Under the approved corrective measures implementation plan, contaminated soils were removed from the Southeastern portion of the facility and from outside the southeast corner of the main building. These contaminated soils were removed and disposed of off-site as hazardous wastes. Since residual contaminant concentrations remain above unrestricted/residential cleanup levels, appropriate institutional controls in the form of deed notices and restrictions were placed to ensure that the site use is limited to industrial purposes.

Site Description

The Republic Environmental Systems facility was located in an area of industrial and commercial properties. The facility was surrounded by a perimeter fence and consisted of two main buildings (Building 1 and Building 2) and a small maintenance building (demolished and removed from the site). The site occupied an area of approximately 100,000 square feet, of which 22,500 square feet were used for hazardous waste management operations. The Republic Environmental Systems is no longer present at this location. 

The facility previously operated as a commercial hazardous waste treatment and storage facility. The waste management activities formerly conducted at the facility included the treatment and storage of hazardous and nonhazardous waste. The facility ceased waste treatment operations in May 1993. 

Contaminants at this Facility

The wastes handled at the facility consisted of metals, cyanide, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs). When the facility was in operation, there were small releases to the soil and air from the wastewater treatment system. Odor complaints (rotten eggs smell) from local residents were investigated and remediated. Soils were investigated and remediated as part of the Corrective Action. 

Site Responsibility at this Facility

As part of a State Order on Consent, Republic Environmental System agreed to close its facility.  The facility ceased waste treatment operations in May 1993. The final Order was issued in March 1997.