Tuesday, May 14, 2019

  

Magna Metals site in Cortlandt Manor added to Superfund National Priorities List

TOWN OF CORTLANDT – The Magna Metals site in Cortlandt Manor has been placed on the Superfund National Priorities List by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Adding the site to the Superfund list “will allow us to proceed with the long-term cleanup of this site, which has been a concern for this community for some time,” said Regional EPA Administrator Peter Lopez. “Our strong cooperative partnership with New York State, Westchester County and the Town of Cortlandt continues as we begin a detailed investigation of the contamination and begin looking for feasible ways to address it.”

Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi said this has been a state Department of Environmental Conservation and now EPA cleanup site “for the last 40 years.” She said she is pleased the cleanup/reclamation “will finally begin and be resolved for our community.”

Magna Metals conducted metal plating, polishing, and lacquering at the site from 1955 to 1979. During the operations, Iron, lead, copper, nickel, zinc chlorides, cyanides, and sulfates were discharged to a series of leaching pits. As a result, the soil, groundwater, a nearby stream and sediment are contaminated with metals and volatile organic compounds.

The former plant was demolished in 2013. Buildings on the property are now being used for offices, a laboratory, and warehousing.

Some of the homes in the area have contaminated soil on their property adjacent to the brook and are located near contaminated sediment.

Affected residents have been provided with soil sample results and advised on how to reduce potential exposures in the short-term.

Furnace Brook is the main surface water body that contains contaminated sediment, including some 1.5 miles of freshwater wetland.

The state investigated the contamination, collected samples and conducted studies, which resulted in immediate steps to mitigate risks from potential exposure. Those steps included demolishing the former plant and installing a system to vent vapors away from the occupied office and warehouse building at the facility.

 

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