The state Department of Environmental Conservation has issued a notice to village of West Winfield residents to notify them a site where the disposal of hazardous waste once presented a threat to public health and the environment no longer does so.
The site, described by the DEC as being the Hiteman Leather Company on State Route 51, includes two non-contiguous properties, each a separate operable unit subject to a remedial program.
Hazardous waste disposal at the sites was addressed by implementation of a remedy identified by a DEC record of decision and two explanation of significant difference documents, the notice said.
A final engineering report has been generated documenting the remedial programs and the reports confirm the remedies have been constructed consistent with the requirements in the record of decision and the explanation of significant difference documents, the notice said.
The final engineering report said while the property has been remediated, site management is required, including monitoring and institutional controls such as environmental easements.
The site, as a result of the remediation, has been reclassified as a Class 4 site, meaning it not longer presents a significant threat to public health and/or the environment, according to the notice.
The DEC asks residents who own property adjacent to the site and are renting or leasing their property to someone else to share the information of the cleanup with them.
Additional information about the Hiteman Leather Company site can be found by using the DEC’s Environmental Site Remediation Database search engine, which can be found at www.dec.ny.gov/cfmx/extapps/derexternal/index.cfm?pageid=3.
The notice to residents was issued through the DEC’s Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Site Program, which is the state’s program for identifying, investigating and cleaning up sites that may present a threat to public health and the environment. The DEC maintains a list of these sites in what it calls the Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites.