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Arkema Incorporated

Other (Former) Names of Site: Geneseo Facility - Lucidol Division, Pennwalt Corporation - Geneseo Facility, Bendix Corporation, Allied Amphenol Products, Amphenol Corporation - Bendix Connector Division, Elf Atochem North America Inc., Atofina Chemicals, Inc.

EPA Identification Number: NYD002218436
Facility Location: 3289 Genesee Street (off Route 63), Piffard, New York 14533 Site Map
Facility Contact Name: Linda Baker, (716) 243-6360
EPA Contact Name: None
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Case Manager: Kent Johnson, Engineering Geologist, (518) 402-8594, kdjohnso@gw.dec.state.ny.us
Stephen Malsan, Environmental Engineer, (518) 402-8598, sgmalsan@gw.dec.state.ny.us
Last Updated: Novemeber 2008
Environmental Indicator Status

Human Exposures Under Control [PDF 1.60 MB, 6 pp] has been verified.
Groundwater Contamination Under Control [PDF 2.93 MB, 10 pp] has been verified.

Site Description

The facility occupies approximately 300 acres off Route 63 in Piffard, Livingston County, New York. Approximately 75 acres are used for material processing, and the remainder is undeveloped. The site is bordered by the Genesee River on the north, agricultural and undeveloped land on the east and west, and a residential area to the southwest.

The residential property nearest to the facility is approximately 2,000 feet southwest of the site. Drinking water for residents and the facility is provided by the Town of York, which purchases its water from the Township of Geneseo.

The facility began operations in 1953. The primary products manufactured at the facility are organic peroxides which serve as feed materials for the plastic industry.

Regulatory Site Responsibility and Legal Instrument

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is responsible for the regulatory oversight of site remediation under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Corrective Action program, which is being implemented through a NYS Part 373 Operating Permit.

Permit Status

The NYS Part 373 Operating Permit was renewed on January 16, 2008 for a period of ten years. Under this permit Arkema Inc. is authorized to store hazardous waste in the Container Storage Area.

Potential Threats and Contaminants

During the corrective action investigations, elevated levels of volatile and semi‑volatile organic compounds were discovered to have contaminated onsite soils and groundwater in the areas of the east landfill, the building 35 surface impoundment and the former container storage area. Two other areas that handled hazardous wastes, equalization impoundments 1 and 2, were clean closed in 1997 which means that no contaminants above health risk levels are present, and no further cleaning is needed. All hazardous wastes were removed from these units and disposed off-site.

Cleanup Approach and Progress

Since 1986, Arkema has conducted investigations of the facility to locate and characterize potential impacts related to their operations. Out of facility’s 17 solid waste management units (SWMUs), the following five SWMUs were identified for further investigation:

Hazardous waste constituents were released to the environment from four of them. There were no releases from the fifth SWMU--the drying bed--so no further action was required for this unit. Arkema has conducted a “sidewide corrective measures study” (CMS) to evaluate remedial alternatives for the site, which included the following SWMUs:

The study presented many alternatives for the cleanup of these SWMUs and was approved by EPA on March 26, 2002. The CMS was public noticed on June 2, 2003 and included a human health risk assessment and a fish and wildlife impact assessment, to evaluate the collected investigation data and review potential corrective action. Previously, Arkema replaced more than 3000 feet of sewer lines to minimize the potential release of contaminants into the environment.

The final corrective actions were selected in the statement of basis, issued on March 9, 2004. Corrective measures consisting of a combination of institutional measures and soil excavation, and off-site disposal were developed for the facility.

The NYSDEC has determined that these corrective measures are sufficiently protective of human health and the environment.  The corrective measure implementation (CMI) work plan was approved by NYSDEC on July 27, 2004.

The CMI activities report was approved in August 2005. The RCRA CMI activities were performed in 2005, and consisted of the following:

Corrective measure construction monitoring report was approved in February 2006. Corrective measure certification of closure was received on March 10, 2006 and approved by NYSDEC on November 23, 2006.
Subsequent to completing these activities a two-year groundwater monitoring program has been implemented to asses the impact of remedial activities. There is no an onsite vapor intrusion problem at the facility.
NYSDEC has determined that based on the groundwater data and with the completion of surface impoundments, equalization impoundments 1 and 2, clean closure, and the implementation of the final corrective action program, the monitoring wells are no longer needed or required at the facility. The removal of the groundwater wells was conducted in October 2005. The groundwater monitoring well abandonment report was approved by NYSDEC in August 2006.

The January 2008 RCRA permit renewal indicates that no further corrective action is required at all 17, originally identified SWMUs at the site.     

Final Cleanup Status or Projection

Site Repository

Copies of supporting technical documents and correspondence cited in this site fact sheet are available for public review at:

USEPA Region 2
RCRA Records Center
290 Broadway, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10007-1866
Phone: (212) 637-3043

The inspection of some of the documents cited in the site fact sheet may require a formal request under the United States Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

NYSDEC - Region 8
6274 East Avon-Lima Road
Avon, NY 14414-9519
Contact Person: Mike Khalil, (716) 226-5415

NYSDEC - Albany
Division of Environmental Remediation 
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-7252
Contact Person: Kent Johnson, (518) 402-8594

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) makes its public records available for a review under the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL).


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