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Friday, February 12, 2016

Comments being accepted on clean-up at former Corning Hospital site

The public is invited to comment on a draft work plan being reviewed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to investigate the Former Corning Hospital and Related Parcels site (“site”) located at 176 East Denison Pkwy., Corning, Steuben County.


Draft Investigation Work Plan

The draft investigation work plan, called a “Remedial Investigation Work Plan,” was submitted to NYSDEC under New York’s Brownfield Cleanup Program. The investigation will be performed by co-applicants The Guthrie Clinic, Corning Properties Inc. and Corning Hospital ("applicant(s)") with oversight by NYSDEC and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH).

How to Comment

NYSDEC is accepting written comments about the draft investigation work plan for 30 days, from February 12, 2016 through March 14, 2016.

Highlights of the Proposed Site Investigation

The investigation will define the nature and extent of contamination in soil, surface water, groundwater and any other parts of the environment that may be affected. The proposed on-site remedial investigation (RI) will collect samples of soil, groundwater and soil vapor to define the nature and extent of contamination and determine if there are contaminant sources on-site that will require cleanup or actions to reduce potential human exposures to contamination.
Previous studies have identified Trichloroethene (TCE) in both the on-site and off-site groundwater. TCE is a solvent that was used in industry to clean metal parts prior to finishing or painting. Concentrations of TCE in groundwater were found to be above groundwater water standard of 5 parts per billion (ppb) and highest at the center of the site which decline to or below the standard in off-site sampling locations. Based on these studies, it does not appear that the public drinking water supply is impacted by this site.
Previous studies also documented sub-surface soil contamination and historic fill containing ash, cinders, brick, glass and ceramic at the site. The primary contaminants found to exceed standards are heavy metals including, arsenic, barium, cadmium, lead and mercury. Studies indicate that the groundwater is not impacted by these contaminants in soil. The on-site investigation is anticipated to begin in Spring 2016 and take approximately 6 months to complete. No off-site investigation is planned at this time. Interim Remedial Measures (IRMs) may be undertaken during the RI in order to remove or mitigate on-site contamination and thus further reduce the potential risk of human exposure. A separate work plan describing IRM activities would need to be submitted and approved by the NYSDEC and NYSDOH prior to implementation and public notice will be given if the IRM represents a significant part of the remedy.

Background

Location: The Former Corning Hospital Site is comprised of two parcels totaling 4.77 acres in an urban area. The site is located in downtown Corning along the major east-west thoroughfare, East Denison Parkway, Steuben County.

Site Features: The 176 East Denison Parkway parcel (4.05 acres) is relatively flat and includes an unoccupied six story former hospital building surrounded by paved parking lots and small, landscaped lawn areas. The 201 East First Street parcel (0.72 acres) is a relatively flat, grass covered parcel with no buildings.

Current Zoning and Land Use: The parcels are currently inactive and are zoned residential transition.

Past Use of the Site: Corning Hospital expanded operations over the majority of the site from 1905 until 2014. Other prior and portioned uses of the site included railroad lines, gasoline stations, machine shop, tin shop and residential homes.

Additional site details, including environmental and health assessment summaries, are available on NYSDEC's website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/cfmx/extapps/derexternal/haz/details.cfm?pageid=3&progno=C851049