O & R: Cleanup of Long Standing Coal Tar From Suffern

Orange & Rockland Utilities released a statement today regarding the a new cleanup project for removal of coal tar impacted soil along Pat Malone Drive in Suffern. The 20,000 cubic yards of affected soil has been left alone for about 80 years since its days as a manufactured gas plant. The plant produced gas from coal before World War II until natural gas became available across the nation. The byproducts generated from heating coal to high temperature, notable coal tar, will be excavated from the contaminated soil to approximate depths of 10-15 feet and disposed of off-site. Deeper contamination of up to 35 feet, will be treated by mixing the soil with cement, safely solidifying and entombing the approximately 17,000 cubic yards of soil. According to the release, the project is expected to last seven to nine months and cost between $11 million and $13 million. The project will follow New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) guidelines for air quality throughout the project with real-time air monitoring conducted 24-hours a day, seven-days per week. In the event that a site-related impacts are detected in the groundwater, a Groundwater Monitoring Plan is in place and would be initiated to ensure the health and safety of the public water supply involving the Suffern Water District, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the Rockland County Department of Health. For additional information about O&R and its programs, visit O&R’s Web site at www.oru.com.

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