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Public Meeting:
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 7pm
Garden City Village Hall
351 Stewart Avenue
Garden City, New York.

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Proposed Plan, April 2015

The Fulton Avenue Superfund Site (Site) is located in the Towns of Hempstead and North Hempstead in Nassau County, New York, and includes the location of a former fabric-cutting mill at 150 Fulton Avenue in the hamlet of Garden City Park that shut down in 1974. Groundwater sampling at the Site has identified widespread solvent contamination, and revealed contamination in two public supply wells in the Village of Garden City. With the support of New York State, EPA placed the Site on its National Priorities List on March 6, 1998.

The 150 Fulton Avenue property is about 0.8 acre in size and includes a 20,000 square foot building. From approximately 1965 to 1974, the fabric-cutting mill at 150 Fulton Avenue was operated by several businesses, including a division of Genesco, Inc.  The dry cleaning solvent tetrachloroethene (PCE), a volatile organic compound (VOC), was disposed of in a drywell, seeped into the groundwater beneath the 150 Fulton Avenue property, and spread.   

Approximately 20,000 people live within a mile of 150 Fulton Avenue, and approximately 208,000 people live within three miles of the property. Residents within the area obtain their drinking water from public supply wells. The land use surrounding 150 Fulton Avenue is industrial but residential areas are immediately adjacent to the industrial area.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation originally was the lead agency for the Site.  From August 1998 to December 2001, NYSDEC oversaw Genesco’s performance of an Interim Remedial Measure (IRM) to remove contaminants from the drywell in order to prevent further contaminant migration into the groundwater and into the indoor air at the facility.  Over 10,000 pounds (approximately 465 gallons) of PCE are estimated to have been removed from the source area during the IRM.  EPA became the lead agency for the Site in 2007.

The Site is being addressed by EPA as two separate phases, or “operable units.” The first operable unit (OU1) addresses the portions of the groundwater at the Site that are primarily contaminated with PCE.  The Site also includes groundwater that is primarily contaminated with the VOC trichloroethylene (TCE) and that surrounds the PCE-dominant portion of the groundwater contamination that is being addressed in OU1. EPA currently is investigating the TCE-dominant contamination as well as possible sources of both PCE and TCE as part of the second operable unit (OU2) for the Site.

In 2007, EPA issued a Record of Decision (ROD) in which EPA selected an interim remedy for OU1.  The ROD required, among other things, the construction of a groundwater pump and treatment system south of 150 Fulton Avenue in the Village of Garden City, and the treatment of higher-level PCE contamination at or in the vicinity of 150 Fulton Avenue. EPA currently is in the process of proposing an amendment to the 2007 Record of Decision for public comment.  


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