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GE Moreau
South Glen Falls, NY

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EPA added the GE Moreau site in South Glens Falls to the Superfund National Priorities List on September 1, 1983 because hazardous chemicals were found in the soil and groundwater.  The site, located in Saratoga County, includes a 10 acre fenced hazardous waste containment and treatment system area on the western end of a 26 acre property owned by General Electric Company (GE).  From 1958 to 1968, the site was used by GE for the disposal of industrial waste.

A 30- by 40-foot pit at the site received approximately 452 tons of waste material, including solid wastes, PCBs, soils, sludge, and other miscellaneous waste.  The dirt roads at the site were treated with a PCB-contaminated oil to minimize dust.  Flowing from the waste pit is a 4,800 foot long by 2,000 foot wide ground water plume containing volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are potentially harmful contaminants that evaporate easily into the air.  This plume flows southward under homes and continues under undeveloped land until it empties into Reardon Brook.  Approximately 14,300 people are served by the groundwater in this semi-rural area.  People could have been at risk if they were exposed or accidentally ingested contaminated soil or water.

As an immediate response, EPA removed approximately 100 cubic yards of contaminated soils from the pit area in 1978.  As a temporary measure, filtration systems were installed in nearby homes where drinking water was contaminated with VOCs.  In 1985, the potentially responsible party, GE, installed a containment system consisting of a wall and a cover to stop contamination from spreading around the disposal pit.  GE also installed a VOC extracting tower to treat the water in Reardon Brook, which then flows into the Village of Fort Edward reservoir system.  Approximately 14,000 tons of PCB-contaminated soil were removed from the site and the area was sealed off.  Approximately 4.3 million gallons of contaminated groundwater were initially removed, treated, and disposed of off-site.  From 2003-2004, another 1.1 million gallons were removed.  The VOC extraction tower at Reardon Brook continues to treat approximately 215 million gallons per year of contaminated water, and is expected to operate for another 200 years. Under current conditions at this site, potential or actual human exposures are under control.


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