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DEC updates public about safety of Fort Drum disposal site


FORT DRUM — State environmental and health officials say that soldiers and the public are not at risk following an update about a disposal site first used in the 1940s and the post’s Gasoline Alley area.

A public notice from the state Department of Environmental Conservation about the 203-acre site, on the corner of post near Oneida Avenue and Great Bend Road, said management of the site is being returned to the state Superfund Program, which labels and cleans sites where consequential amounts of waste may be.

Marci L. Natale, a state Department of Health spokeswoman, said the site does not pose any health risk for the surrounding public.

From 1991 to 2011, information about the site was removed from a state database and instead was listed in a postwide Area of Concern, which covered a handful of other projects.

The redefined listing will include two areas: the old sanitary landfill, an approximately 50-acre site, along with another spot that is being investigated for contamination in both groundwater and soil vapor. The landfill area was sealed to DEC standards in 2008.

A DEC listing indicated several potential sources of contamination for the rest of the site, including the leak of multiple underground storage tanks and training for the post’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal units.

The 203-acre area remains listed as a Class 2 site, which means a remedial investigation has been undertaken to determine the full boundaries of the contamination and the DEC’s options for cleaning up the site.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, perchloroethylene, which also goes by tetrachloroethylene, has been reported to affect liver and neurological activity with long-term exposure.

Though there are other Areas of Concern on the post, DEC said those sites would not be associated with the redefined listing.

The full listing about the site can be found online by submitting site code 623008 at

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