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Old Palmyra landfill said to be potential state Superfund site

The Palmyra Landfill operated on a 6.8-acre site on Garnsey Road from the 1950s until it closed in the late 1970s.

Due to the detection of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) in groundwater and leachate samples, the site has been designated by the state Department of Environmental Conservation as a potential state superfund site.

Having that designation requires the completion of a site characterization to determine if it meets the criteria for placement on the New York State Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites.

If the site is added to the Registry, the next step would be to begin a Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study, plus further study and an evaluation of cleanup alternatives. If the site is determined to not represent a significant threat, no further investigation or action would be taken.

Over the coming weeks, DEC staff will work with Palmyra officials to develop a site characterization work plan, detailing all investigative activities required to meet the goals of the project in accordance with regulations and policy. The work plan will include a project schedule and a citizens participation plan.

The State Health Department will review information from the site as it becomes available and coordinate sampling of selected private wells in the vicinity of the landfill to assess public health exposures.

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