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State outlines Penn Yan remediation

PENN YAN—The latest step in the eventual reuse of property that was used for decades for boat building along the Keuka Outlet is progressing. On March 9 a public meeting conducted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) was held in Penn Yan. During the meeting, the proposed remedy was outlined and comments from the public heard. Yates County has owned the property for nine years.
From 1929 until 2001, boats were manufactured along the Keuka Outlet in Penn Yan. Over the years, materials that were used in manufacturing were disposed in a manner that has been determined to make a negative effect on the environment. Solvents and polymer resins were used at the site. Solvents included acetone, trichloroethene and trichloroethane. Information provided in a DEC fact sheet indicated poor materials handling and disposal of these materials that resulted in impact to the environment. The main categories of contaminants that are present at levels of concern are petroleum related compounds, solvents, PCBs and metals. Solvents and petroleum were found in both groundwater and soils whereas metals and PCBs were found in soils.
The proposed remedy includes soil excavation, site management and additional groundwater monitoring. The goals are to eliminate or reduce as practical, exposure at or around the site to contaminants in soils, soil vapor and groundwater. In addition to exposure of humans to these materials, the remediation seeks to reduce exposure of contaminants to plants and animals. The goals include attaining groundwater quality standards and soil cleanup objectives as far as practical. Earlier work by the United States Environmental Protection Agency was performed to remove and dispose of drummed chemical waste and other containers of chemicals. This work was done between December 2003 and March 2004.
The 14.7 acre site is important to the economic development of the area, due in part to its waterfront location. The cost of remedy proposed is approximately $445,550. The entire document is on the Yates County website in the Planning Department section. Written comments may be made to the DEC through March 29 at Kelly Cloyd, NYSDEC REgion 8, 8274 East Avon-Lima Road, Avon NY 14414 or e-mail at

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