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NYSDEC Investigates Contaminated Frank's Nursery Site

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation investigates the Frank's Nursery site in Greenburgh.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation investigates the Frank's Nursery site in Greenburgh. Photo Credit: File

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Anthony Catalano, P.E., of Woodard & Curran Engineers met with representatives from the Spill and Remediation Department and Solid Waste Department of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) on Thursday, Dec. 4, to discuss the Frank's Nursery site.

Catalano briefed the NYSDEC about the status of the site and the Town of Greenburgh's intent to sell the property for possible development.

The DEC was informed that possibilities vary, from storage facility to assisted living, sports fields and residential uses. The DEC indicated that future uses of the site could affect the degree of remediation required. The site is impacted by two separate issues -- the old spill action for which the permitting is still not resolved, and the buried fill identified after the town's initial site investigations. Regarding the old spill action, the DEC suggested it will likely require over-excavation to remove remaining contaminant, followed by a groundwater monitoring program, if future sampling after the excavation warrants such action. Regarding the fill, the DEC and consultant agreed additional field sampling and investigations are needed to more fully define the nature and extent of contamination before making a determination on a cleanup protocol. Woodard & Curran will develop a scope for supplemental sampling for the old spill area and specifications for review by the DEC. The firm will then submit plans to the town and develop a scope for supplemental fill investigations, coordinate with the DEC and then provide plans to the town for approval. A further scope for a supplemental soil management plan will follow after direction is provided by the DEC. The timetable to develop the scope is three to four weeks, pending availability of the DEC review.

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