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The Hillcrest Industries facility located on Favor Street in Attica, New York processes glass fragments into reflective road striping beads and abrasive blast media. The facility also collects boiler slag material (hardened residue collected from off-site coal boilers) and processes it into abrasive blast media (sandblasting materials).
A pile containing glass fragments mixed with plastic, paper and metal generated from household recycling that the plant uses to make sandblasting materials and reflective glass beads is the major source of odors. No new material has been added to the pile since mid-July, 2012. At first, the odors in the pile were generated by decaying food residue which is adhered to the glass and plastic. As this waste broke down, it created odor problems and the material began to heat and smolder. The smoke and smoldering created odors due to the paper and plastic within the pile being consumed.
EPA, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), New York State Department of Health, Wyoming County Department of Health, the Town and Village of Attica and local emergency services are working together to address community concerns related to the Hillcrest site. The first priority has been to extinguish smoldering within the pile. Injections of a water additive used for fire suppression are expected to take place. In the interim, Hillcrest will continue with injections of nitrogen/carbon dioxide.
At DEC's request, EPA sent several representatives to the Hillcrest facility to evaluate the site and conduct air sampling. USEPA placed 10 Summa canisters and five particulate monitors at 10 different locations to collect 24 hour samples on Thursday, Sept. 13. The canisters and monitors were collected for analysis on Friday, Sept. 14. The data is undergoing analysis for volatile organic compounds and particulates and the testing is meant to identify potential risks to public health and the environment.