Buried paint sludge and “grossly contaminated soil” at a village of Lancaster industrial property was remediated almost a decade ago by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, but contamination continues at the site.
That’s why the DEC announced today an “expedited cleanup” at the former Scott Aviation facility at 225 Erie St. as part of the Brownfield Cleanup Program.
Samples collected from the area showed “several volatile organic compounds, including chlorinated solvents, exceeded DEC soil cleanup objectives for the protection of groundwater.” Soils were found to be contaminated with benzopyrene, cadmium, mercury and nickel, according to the state DEC fact sheet on the site.
The DEC plans to seal pipes on the site as a way to prevent infiltration of groundwater, mitigating transient vapors at the site as well as excavating contaminated soils to further remediate about 1.7 acres of the 25-acre parcel not far from Central Avenue.
The facility was formerly used for the manufacture of respiratory equipment and a plant at the site currently makes, develops, tests and distributes air systems for military and aviation uses, the DEC reported.