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EPA Proposes to Delete Pasley Solvents and Chemicals Site in Nassau County, N.Y. from Superfund List

Release Date: 08/15/2011
Contact Information: John Senn, (212) 637-3667,

(New York, N.Y.) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed to delete the Pasley Solvents and Chemicals site in Hempstead, N.Y. from the Superfund National Priorities List because the site no longer poses a threat to public health or the environment after a successful cleanup of contaminated ground water and soil at the site. The site was placed on the Superfund list in June 1986.

The site is a former tank farm that was used for the storage of oils, solvents and chemicals. Activities at the site included delivery and storage of chemicals in tanks, and the transfer of the chemicals to large drums. Chemicals stored at the site included a wide range of volatile organic compounds, including hydrocarbons, solvents, ketones and alcohols. The site was formerly owned by Commander Oil Corporation. Commander sold the property in 2003, and the Metropolitan Transit Authority operates a police station there today.

EPA selected a cleanup approach for the site in May 1995, which included injecting air into the ground water to separate out contaminants and cleaning up soil by extracting contaminated vapors. EPA oversaw the cleanup of the site, which began in 1997 and comprised removing some 14,000 pounds of volatile organic compounds from ground water and soil through on-site treatment, and monitoring air and ground water to ensure the cleanup was effective. Ground water and soil cleanup work was completed in 2004.

EPA’s proposal is available on the Federal Register website at This deletion will be effective on September 26, 2011 unless EPA receives significant comments by September 12, 2011.

Comments on EPA’s proposal can be sent by one of the following methods:
Fax: To the attention of Sherrel Henry at 212-637-3966
Mail: Sherrel Henry, Remedial Project Manager, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2, 290 Broadway, 20th Floor, New York, N.Y., 10007-1866.
The docket identification number, EPA-HQ-SFUND-1986-0005, should be included in comments.

In 2004, EPA concluded that the cleanup was protective of human health and the environment. All treatment equipment was removed from the site in August 2004. EPA conducted a second review of the cleanup in 2009 and concluded again that the site no longer posed a threat to human health or the environment.

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