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IBM Corporation - Former

Other (Former) Names of Site: Lockheed Martin, Loral Corporation

EPA Identification Number: NYD986874501
Facility Location: 1801 State Route 17C, Owego, New York 13827 Site Map
Facility Contact: Mitchell E. Meyers, (703) 367-4292
EPA Contact: None
New York State Department of Conservation (NYSDEC) Case Manager: Alex Czuhanich, (518) 402-8594
Last Updated: September 2008
Environmental Indicator Status: Human Exposures Under Control [PDF 60.67 KB, 8 pp] has been verified.
Groundwater Contamination Under Control [PDF 59.83 KB, 9 pp] has been verified.

Site Facts

The facility is located on State Route 17C in the Town of Owego. The corrective action activities at the facility are conducted by IBM Corporation, therefore IBM is listed as the operator of the Part 373 Hazardous Waste Management (HWM) Permit for corrective action. Lockheed Martin Corporation owns the facility and is listed as owner on the Part 373 HWM permit. Lockheed Martin provides advanced technology products, services and systems integration services to defense, civil and commercial customers. The manufacturing processes generate hazardous wastes which are stored on-site in containers for less than 90 days before they are shipped to a proper disposal facility.

Site Responsibility and Legal Instrument

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is the lead agency responsible for implementing the Corrective Action requirements and general groundwater monitoring conditions contained in the Part 373 HWM Permit for corrective action. The EPA provides occasional oversight.

Potential Threats and Contaminants

Constituents of concern are Volatile Organic Contaminants (VOCs), primarily Trichloroethylene, 1,1,1-Trichloroethane and associated breakdown products. Groundwater contamination is contained by the groundwater recovery system. All groundwater users in the area are on public water supply. Soil contamination (copper) is at very low concentrations and is limited to one on-site area, which is secure (access restricted) and is managed in accordance with a soil management plan.

Construction workers are protected by the provisions in soil management plan. Indoor air could potentially impact only on-site workers, since the groundwater plume is contained on-site. Indoor air testing was conducted at Building 309 on January 30, 2001 since it was believed to represent the worse case scenario for potential indoor air impacts. Although methylene chloride was detected at concentrations which were slightly above New York State background value, the detected concentrations were below EPA’s 1x10-6 risk concentration. The concentrations were also below the screening level referenced in EPA’s draft Vapor Intrusion Guidance (dated October 23, 2001).

Indoor air testing in occupied buildings was conducted by Lockheed Martin in 2005, 2006 and again in 2008. Results indicated no significant impacts to on-site indoor air.

Cleanup Approach and Progress

IBM is currently conducting a Corrective Action Program to collect and treat contaminated groundwater at the facility. The two (2) separate areas at the facility where releases of halogenated volatile organics caused or contributed to elevated concentrations of these constituents in the groundwater are the Waste Management Area (WMA) and the Tank Farm Area of the Chemical Distribution Facility (CDF). The potential sources of contamination in the WMA include past landfill activities, industrial drain lines, and surface impoundments, both lined (the RCRA-regulated units) and unlined.

The existing groundwater collection and treatment system is designed to remediate the elevated levels of volatile organic compounds in the groundwater in the vicinity of the WMA, the Tank Farm Area and the Parking Lot 001 Area. The corrective measures implementation plan requires pumping and treating contaminated groundwater in the WMA, Parking Lot 001 Area, and Tank Farm Area to stabilize and reduce the contamination plume while reducing the contaminant concentrations. The corrective action groundwater monitoring network is described in detail in the Groundwater Monitoring Plan (GMP) dated December 2006 and any subsequent revisions approved by the DEC.

The GMP includes a description of the groundwater treatment process, the wells, the sampling frequency, the site-specific parameter list, provisions for additional monitoring parameters, and the semiannual and annual reporting requirements. Reductions in monitoring wells or analytical parameters, and changes in sampling protocols or sampling frequency may only be implemented with the DEC Commissioner’s written approval and in accordance with the site’s approved GMP.

Final Cleanup Status or Projection

Permit Status

The HWM permit for Corrective Action is currently in the process of being renewed by the DEC, with IBM Corporation as the operator, and Lockheed Martin Corporation as the owner of the facility.

 Site Repository

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

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC)
Division of Solid & Hazardous Materials
625 Broadway, 9th Floor
Albany, New York 12233-7258
(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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