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The Telegram
  • Demolition continuing at former Homogeneous Metals site

  • Demolition at the former Homogeneous Metals facility in the village of Herkimer continues as part of a statewide environmental clean-up program.

    According to information from the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Environmental Remediation Database website, the former Homogeneous Metals is being demolished through the brownfield cleanup program.

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  • Demolition at the former Homogeneous Metals facility in the village of Herkimer continues as part of a statewide environmental clean-up program.
    According to information from the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Environmental Remediation Database website, the former Homogeneous Metals is being demolished through the brownfield cleanup program.
    The site — which is still owned by Homogeneous Metals, in Clayville — is on West Canada Boulevard, consists of four parcels and is “roughly pie shaped and totals 7.7 acres.” The site is bounded on the north by East German Street, to the east by West Canada Creek, to the south by lands owned by National Grid and to the west by lands owned by Algonquin Power Corporation.
    A main factory building, which was in a deteriorated state, was on the site, as well as a small laboratory building, a small wooden structure and a machine shop. A large flood control dike was built by the state along the eastern border of the property, according to the DEC.
    The main factory building was used from 1900 to 1961 “to supply water and electric (coal and diesel derived) to Herkimer. The property was purchased by HMI in 1969 and used to produce powdered metals until 1982.” Though vacant since 1982, the current use of the site is industrial.
    According to information on the website, sampling data from the site show several metals have been found in groundwater and soils and have exceeded in its standards.
    Chlorinated solvents, however, are not exceeded in the soils.
    Also according to information on the website, the site health assessment is currently under review.
    A site document repository is available at Frank J. Basloe Library, 245 N. Main St., Herkimer.
    In February, the DEC signed the brownfield cleanup program acceptance letter for the site. In March, the DEC signed the agreement for the site. In August, the DEC approved the building demolition plan, with demolition beginning on the smaller buildings on Aug. 11. Work was still continuing at the site last week, where construction vehicles were operating among debris from the buildings at the site.
    A DEC official was unavailable to comment on how much longer the project would continue.
    According to the DEC’s website, “the goal of the brownfield cleanup program is to enhance private-sector cleanups of brownfields and to reduce development pressure on ‘greenfields.’ A brownfield site is real property, the redevelopment or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a contaminant. Contaminants include hazardous waste and/or petroleum.”
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