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Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.

Other (Former) Names of site: None

EPA Identification Number: NYD000705905
Facility Location: Route 299 & South Street, Highland (Town of Lloyd), New York 12528
Facility Contact: Christopher DeRoberts, (845) 486-5734
EPA Contact: Ellen Stein, (212) 637-4114, stein.ellen@epa.gov
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Case Manager: Ruth Curley (518) 402- 8594 recurley@gw.dec.state.ny.us   
Sitansu Ghosh (518) 402- 8610 sbghosh@gw.dec.state.ny.us
Last Updated: April 2010
Environmental Indicator Status: Human Exposures Under Control [PDF 1.95 MB, 16 pp] has been verified.
Groundwater Contamination Under Control - No status has been recorded.

Site Description

This site is located about 5 miles west of the Hudson River in Town of Lloyd, NY, Ulster County. It has operated as a vehicle and equipment storage and repair facility for an electric power transmission company since the 1950's. Both current and historic site activities included: storage of electrical equipment, transformer storage and repair, vehicle maintenance and storage, and administrative offices.

These activities occur on the eastern portion of the facility. The western portion of the facility on the west side is undeveloped and includes wetlands and a dirt parking area for Central Hudson Gas & Electric (CHG&E).

The facility has operated a permitted hazardous waste storage area used primarily for
PCB containing waste from electrical equipment.

Permit Status

The current permit was effective December 2, 1997 and expired in December 2007.  It is currently extended under the State Administrative Procedures Act based on a permit renewal application that was received in June 2007. The existing permit is currently under renewal. There were a few rounds of comments on the permit renewal application exchanged with Central Hudson since 2007.  

In May 2009 Central Hudson had submitted to the DEC its revised permit renewal application and the January 2010 Supplemental RFI report. If the report is approved, the DEC will issue a public notice of the draft permit in the summer of 2010.

Site Responsibility and Legal Instrument

6 NYCRR part 373 operating and post-closure permit issued by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC).  

Potential Threats and Contaminants

Main contaminants of concern were ppolychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PHAs). The highest concentration of these contaminants were found in the sediment in the vicinity of the outfall. A supplemental RFI was conducted in this area and a report was submitted by CHG&E in January 2010.

Cleanup Approach and Progress

The 1997 permit (existing) listed 2 SWMUs and 2 AOCs.  The SWMUs were: (1) - two 6000 gallon PCB aboveground storage tanks, and (2) - a container storage area.  The AOCs were: (1) - floor drains, and (2) - sanitary sewage treatment system (leaching field).  

Investigation work at the leach field was performed in 1998 and, based on the results, the February 1999 letter issued to Central Hudson, indicated no further action was required. The letter indicated, however, that floor drains were still listed in the permit as an AOC that had had no investigation.  

As part of the permit renewal, some sampling data was received from Central Hudson regarding recent investigation work. Central Hudson has conducted initial investigation (RFA, Phase I and II) in July 2007 and January 2008, for a possible property transfer.

Some suspect releases were found at AOC 1 and AOC 2. The DEC requested that Central Hudson develop an RFI workplan for these 2 additional AOCs the floor drains, and the industrial sewer/stormwater system. The FRI workplan was submitted to the DEC in September 2008 and a revised version in November 2008.

The fieldwork began on December 8, 2008 and has been completed in February 2009. After reviewing a remedial investigation report in May 2009, the DEC has requested that additional investigation should be conducted in the vicinity of the outfall to determine the horizontal and vertical extent of PCB and PHA contamination. The facility submitted an RFI supplemental investigation workplan, which was approved by the DEC in July 2009.  The fieldwork has begun in October 2009 and was completed by the end of 2009.  A supplemental RFI report was received in January 2010 and is being reviewed by the DEC.

The RFI assessment also identified an historic release in the vicinity of the vehicle fueling station (location near “Gas Pumps” shown on southwest edge of Figure 3). Investigation, remediation and monitoring of this release site (DEC Spill ID# 0707602) were handled by the DEC spills program under a stipulation agreement, and were conducted independently from the RFI. Response actions included excavation and removal of contaminated soils (1,250 tons), collection and treatment of groundwater (70,000 gallons), and follow-up monitoring. DEC has not yet terminated the stipulation agreement and closed out this spill, but that action is anticipated based on recent monitoring results.

Site Repository

Copies of supporting technical documents and correspondence cited in this fact sheet are available for public review at:

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Environmental Remediation 
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-7252

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) makes its public records available for a review under the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL).

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