DEC cleanup at the former Geneva Foundry site will begin this month. The first phase of cleanup includes removal of contaminated soil in adjacent properties, including two licensed home-based day care programs and at least 16 residential properties.
Soil contaminant concentrations are expected to be higher in those properties.
In April, neighbors protested at a City Council meeting over the health hazards posed by the contaminated site. The neighbors urged City Council to address potential health issues of people who live near the Foundry. Some filed a lawsuit against the City and State.
220 properties in the City of Geneva are currently identified for cleanup, and the DEC will continue with this cleanup until all properties have been addressed.
Cleanup is scheduled to start in July and continue into early December 2017, weather permitting, pending final agreement with property owners. All areas disturbed during the cleanup will be restored, including lawns, sidewalks, driveways, trees, shrubs, garden beds, sheds, and decks. Similarly, city of Geneva-owned roads, utilities, or other infrastructure impacted by cleanup activities will be repaired or replaced as necessary.
DEC will oversee remedial work performed by LaBella Associates of Rochester, New York.
Public availability sessions will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12. The sessions will be held at The Salvation Army of Geneva, located at 41 North Street in Geneva. They will be held by the DEC and State Department of Health, so that property owners and neighbors can have the opportunity to discuss sampling results.
The project is being funded and conducted pursuant to terms of the State Superfund program. Additional site details, including environmental and health assessment summaries, are available on DEC’s website, here.