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  • Cleanup process nearly done for old Mohawk Duofold site

  • The cleanup process for a one acre lot in Mohawk is nearly complete after the initial stages began late in 2006.

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  • The cleanup process for a one acre lot in Mohawk is nearly complete after the initial stages began late in 2006.
    The parties cleaning up the former Mohawk Valley Warehouse, also known as the Duofold site, will give a public presentation on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the village hall, 28 Columbia St. to answer questions regarding the site.
    Representatives of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, state Department of Health and HRP Associates Inc., the village’s consultant, will be on-hand.
    Mayor Irene Sweet said the village board first started working on the site after it burned, in 2000. She added after a couple of years, the board finally started to find some action on the site.
    “I’m just glad to have [the process nearing] the end,” said Sweet. “[The board] has been waiting so long to have a final finding of what we can do with the property.”
    Sweet said the board has kept up with what has been going on with the site through occasional letters from the working agencies and by visiting the site.
    She said depending on what level the DEC rates the site will depend on what can be put there, such as a playground or if a cellar or slab could be put in.
    “We’re just waiting for the final approval and rating before going out and promoting the site,” added Sweet.
    DEC Spokesman Yancy Roy said further remediation on the site will depend what the village intends to use the property for. He said no further actions may be needed depending on the sites future use.
    The village began an environmental study at the property in November 2006 with help from the DEC’s Environmental Restoration Program. The 1996 Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act will provide up to 90 percent of the funding for the project.
    According to a DEC fact sheet, the property was originally developed around 1869 when a manufactured gas plant began and was later improved with a large, brick manufacturing building in 1906 by Duofold, Inc. and was used for clothing production from 1906 to 1985. It was then used as a warehouse from 1985 to June 2000, when a fire destroyed the building. The village acquired the vacant property in the spring of 2006.
    The United States Environmental Protection Agency conducted a debris removal at the site in 2005 and removed a 5,000 gallon oil underground storage tank. National Grid also conducted an environmental site investigation in April 2006.
    According to the sheet, the DEC’s investigation consisted of a ground penetrating radar survey to find any additional tanks, the installation of groundwater monitoring wells, and several soil borings to collect soil and soil vapor samples. The samples were used to determine whether volatile contaminates are accumulating in the soil vapor at the site.
    Page 2 of 2 - The analysis found there were trace to low levels of volatile organics, semi-volatile organics and metals in the soil, trace levels of trichloroethene and metals found in groundwater samples and trace to low levels of volatile organics in the soil vapor.
    Also, elevated levels of semi-volatile organic compounds were found in the side near Elizabeth Street.
    According to the sheet, the next step will be to develop a remedial option for the site, which there will be a 45 day public comment period on the plan.
    Information regarding the site is available at both the village offices at 28 Columbia St., and the Weller Public Library on Main Street during regular office hours.

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