NYSDEC Community Air Monitoring Plan and other protective measures for the Building 52 Demolition Availability Session, 2:00 – 4:00PM and 6:00-8:00 PM James Harmon Community Center - 44 Main Street

Event Date: 
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Cleanup Action to Begin at State Superfund Site
Availability Session Announced
Availability Session, Wednesday, 5/24/2017 from
2:00 – 4:00PM and 6:00-8:00 PM
James V. Harmon Community Center
Community Room
44 Main St.
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706
NYSDEC invites you to this discussion about the Community Air Monitoring Plan and other protective measures for the Building 52 Demolition about to begin at the site. Drop in any time during the session to ask questions and discuss the upcoming site activities.
Action is about to begin that will allow the responsible party to address the contamination beneath this building related to the Harbor at Hastings site ("site") located at River Street, Hastings-on-Hudson, Westchester County under New York's State Superfund Program. Please see the map for the site location.
The site is listed as a Class "2" site in the State Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Sites (list of State Superfund sites). A Class 2 site represents a significant threat to public health or the environment; action is required.
Highlights of the Upcoming Building 52 Demolition
Discuss the steps to ensure the safe and compliant removal of Building 52
Discuss the Community Air Monitoring Plan
Discuss mitigation measures that will be used for preventing and/or controlling dust migration
Discuss the Transportation Plan
Next Steps After completion of the demolition activities, additional sampling of the soil beneath the Building 52 slab will begin. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) will keep the public informed throughout the cleanup of the site.
Location: The site is located on approximately 28 acres along the Hastings-on-Hudson waterfront, separated from the village commercial district by railroad tracks. The site is bounded on the north and west by the Hudson River and to the south by the Tappan Terminal site. A former marina borders the site to the north.
Site Features: Most of the site is covered by pavement or concrete building slabs. One building remains at the site (Building 52). The shoreline consists of areas of loosely-placed rip rap and concrete rubble in the north and decaying wooden bulkheads, docks and piers in the central area. Two former boat slips are present along the waterfront, both of which have filled in to a shallow depth with naturally-deposited sediment. The shoreline south of the South Boat Slip consists of modern steel sheeting.
Current Zoning and Land Use: The site is zoned general industrial. Several temporary trailers are in use for security and remedial activities.
Past Use of the Site: The site is the former Anaconda Wire and Cable Company, which ceased operations in 1974. Wire manufacturing operations during a portion of the operating period caused the release of PCBs and metals to site soil, groundwater and sediments.
Operable Units: The site is divided into two operable units. An operable unit represents a portion of a remedial program for a site that for technical or administrative reasons can be addressed separately to investigate, eliminate or mitigate a release, threat of release or exposure pathway resulting from the site contamination. Operable Unit 1 (OU1) is the on-site soils area west of the railroad tracks. OU2 is the off-site impacts to the Hudson River.
Site Geology and Hydrogeology: The landmass of the property was constructed by placement of fill material into the Hudson River until the early 1900s. This fill material is approximately 10-20 feet thick along the railroad tracks, and 20-40 feet thick along the river. Groundwater is approximately 2 to 8 feet below ground surface in the fill material, and is influenced by tidal variation. The groundwater flows to the Hudson River.
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.
For more information about the SSF, visit: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8439.html