The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and St. Lawrence County have announced progress is underway to expedite the remediation of petroleum spills at four tax-delinquent parcels, which will put these properties on the path to redevelopment.
As part of an ongoing state-county partnership, DEC will use New York State Oil Spill Funds administered by the Office of the State Comptroller to oversee the removal of contamination at each site to ensure protection of public health and the environment, and upon completion of each cleanup, the county will develop the parcel and return it to the tax rolls.
The four tax delinquent parcels in need of remediation are: 43 Willow Street, Massena; 3545 County Route 14, Madrid; 97 Main Street, Hermon; and 180 Market Street, Potsdam. The cleanups will remove petroleum-contaminated soils and any underground storage tanks or piping that may be present. DEC will undertake sampling at each site to confirm the effectiveness of the cleanup and clean fill will be placed in the excavation areas.
The total cost of cleanups is projected to be approximately $535,000, funded from the New York Environmental Protection and Spill Compensation Fund, otherwise known as the Oil Spill Fund. DEC’s Division of Environmental Remediation oversees the cleanup, and when completed, St. Lawrence County will reimburse the Spill Fund with a portion of the proceeds of the subsequent tax sale of the properties. Cleanup of the sites is expected to be completed later this year.