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Genzale Plating Company

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Site Description

The 1/2 acre Genzale Plating Company site comprised a metal-plating facility, an attached two- story office building, and an undeveloped backyard area which served as a parking lot and storage area. Beginning in 1915 through 2000, the facility electroplated small products such as automobile antennas, parts of ball point pens, and bottle openers and is known to have discharged wastewater containing heavy metals as well as organic contaminants into four sub-surface leaching pits at the rear of the site. The site is situated in a densely populated residential area, and seven supply wells are located within one mile of the site. The site is above Long Island's sole-source aquifers for municipal and private water supplies.

Current Site Status and Cleanup Actions to Date

  • In May 1995, a soil vapor extraction (PDF) (80 K, 2 pp) (SVE) unit was installed to clean the soils of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) contamination to levels mandated by the ROD. Approximately 50 pounds of volatile and semivolatile organics were removed during the SVE operation.
  • In June 1995, all on-site debris behind the facility was removed and taken off the site.
  • In the summer of 1997, more than 5,500 tons of soil contaminated with metals were removed from the site and replaced with native sand.
  • In 1995, EPA conducted an investigation to determine if groundwater off the site had been contaminated.
  • In May 2003, EPA demolished the former plant building and the debris was taken off the site. Another SVE system was installed at the site to address the contamination underlying the former plant building which is currently being operated.
  • A groundwater extraction and treatment system is currently being designed to ensure the safety of the water supply in the site area.
  • In August 2004, EPA issued a report stating that buried tanks remaining at the site continue to be a source of VOC contamination. Once the tanks are excavated, the remainder of the former process building will be demolished and the contaminated soils will be excavated and disposed offsite.

Current Funding Status

  • To date, EPA has provided approximately $4.7 million to conduct cleanup work at the site.

For more information on the projects at this site, please read the Genzale Plating Company Fact Sheet (PDF) (190 K, 4 pp) on the Region 2 Superfund Web site.

Key Accomplishments

  • First soil vapor extraction (SVE) (PDF) (80 K, 2 pp) system installed in Summer 1995 and operated until Record of Decision (ROD) objectives were attained.
  • In the summer of 1997, more than 5,500 tons of soil contaminated with metals were removed from the site and replaced with native sand.
  • In 2003, a building was demolished and a second SVE system was installed.
  • To date, EPA has provided approximately $4.7 million to conduct cleanup work at the site.

 

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