Today, Representative Kathy Hochul (NY-26) sent a letter to Joseph Martens, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), asking the agency to reconsider the selected cleanup option for the remediation of arsenic present in soil near the FMC Corporation facility in the Village of Middleport. Last month, Rep. Hochul wrote to the DEC, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) urging the agencies to fully consider the concerns of Village residents before selecting a cleanup method. In response to her letter, the EPA wrote to the DEC encouraging them to require off-site disposal of contaminated soil that will be excavated as part of the implementation of cleanup plans.
"I have heard from hundreds of residents and business owners in the Middleport community who are upset with how proposed cleanup actions will adversely affect the infrastructure, façade, and day-to-day atmosphere of the village. I believe it is appropriate for future efforts to reflect the strong concerns of the residents," Rep. Hochul wrote.
For several years, the EPA, DEC, and NYSDOH have reviewed cleanup options designed to remediate arsenic present in the soil of over 180 properties near the FMC Corporation facility in the Village. According to the NYSDOH, these areas contain elevated levels of arsenic resulting from the production of agricultural chemicals at the plant which could present a health risk to Village residents.