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Stauffer Management Company

Other (Former) Names of Site: Cowles Chemical Company, Draycott Mills, ICI-Americas Inc., Zeneca, Inc., Stauffer Chemical Company.

EPA Identification Number: NYD004859955
Facility Location: 4512 Jordan Road, Skaneateles Falls, New York 13153 Site Map
Facility Contact Name: John Abraham, (315) 685-5715
EPA Contact Name: Wilfredo Palomino, (212) 637-4179, palomino.wilfredo@epa.gov
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Case Manager: John Grathwol, Superfund Project Manager, (518) 402-9775, jcgrathw@gw.dec.state.ny.us
Bruce R. Terbush, RCRA Contact, (518) 402-8607, brterbus@gw.dec.state.ny.us
Last Updated: October 2007
Environmental Indicator Status: Human Exposures Under Control: [PDF 5.77 MB, 19 pp] has been verified.
Groundwater Contamination Under Control: [PDF 379.6 KB, 16 pp] has been verified.

Site Description

Stauffer Management Company (SMC) is located at 4512 Jordan Road in Skaneateles, New York. The facility is approximately 120 acres in size, of which about 20 acres were used for industrial operations. The site has been used to manufacture various organic, inorganic chemicals and detergent since the mid-1940s. Manufacturing processes ceased in 1985 and the site remains inactive. Past waste management practices and releases have impacted soil and groundwater at this site, as well as sediments in Skaneateles Creek. Area residents are served by a public water supply from a remote location.

Site Regulatory Responsibility and Legal Instrument

The facility has interim status under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) program, but New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Division of Environmental Remediation has the lead for corrective action at this site under a NYS State Order on Consent.

Permit Status

A RCRA Hazardous Waste Part A Permit Application was filed in 1980. The facility no longer operates as a Treatment, Storage or Disposal Facility (TSDF) since 1982.

Potential Threats and Contaminants

The Remedial Investigation conducted in 1994, and additional field investigations completed in 1997, have identified that the principal sources of environmental contamination were the Former Landfill and the Former Organic Plant/Northern Plant. Samples within the Former Landfill showed high levels of organic chemicals and metals. Primary contaminants in the Former Organic Plant/Northern Plant include xylene, toluene, polyaromatic hydrocarbons and metals.

Seepage from the Former Landfill has been observed discharging into Skaneateles Creek. Contaminants are present in the soil; creek sediments, groundwater in the overburden, upper bedrock and the deep bedrock. Both the Former Landfill and the Former Organic Plant/Northern Plant have been identified as sources of groundwater contamination. Several organic and inorganic compounds including volatile organic compounds, semi volatile organic compounds, and some metals have been detected in groundwater at levels exceeding EPA Maximum Contaminant Levels and NYSDEC Class A and Class GA Standards.

Groundwater contamination in the vicinity of the site ranges vertically from the shallow overburden aquifer to the deep bedrock aquifer. Horizontally, contamination in the groundwater in the eastern portion of the site has been shown to approach, or in some cases extends past the facility boundaries. Samples of waste from the Former Landfill showed xylene concentrations up to 25,000 parts per million (ppm) with an average concentration of 2,700 ppm, and toluic acid concentrations ranging from non detect to 8,500 ppm with an average concentration of 500 ppm.

Primary contaminants in the Former Organic Plant/Northern Plant include xylene, toluene, polyaromatic hydrocarbons and metals. Preliminary sampling results from the Skaneateles Creek Sediments indicate that organic and inorganic constituents are present in sediments of Skaneateles Creek onsite and also downstream off site.

Indoor and outdoor air could potentially be contaminated due to volatilization from subsurface soils, predominantly from the areas north of the Main Plant Building and the Former Landfill.

Cleanup Approach and Progress

The final Remedial Investigation Report was completed in August 1994. A final Feasibility Study Report was completed in December 1995. The 1996 Record of Decision laid out the components of the selected remedies. A Consent Order addressing the design and construction of the remedies was signed on March 28, 1996 and the remedial design was approved in February 1999.

An amended Record of Decision (ROD) was issued on December 2001. The amended ROD eliminated the use of the on site treatment and disposal cell, but included the removal off site for disposal of areas of contamination associated with the Former Landfill, the Former Organic(s) Plant/Northern Plant, the Main Plant Building, the area in front of the Main Plant Building, and the South Plant Area.

As of September 2007, the following tasks have been performed:

In September 2006, a Supplemental Investigation and Remedial Activities (SI/RA) Workplan was approved. The SI/RA identified potential contaminated areas that were investigated under the Workplan, and were designated as Areas of Investigation (AOI) and included the following: Area East of AEC-2 across the Creek (AOI-1), Area around AEC-2 satellite area (AOI-2), Wetlands (AOI-3), Northern area of the site between the Creek and the property line (AOI-4), Area between AEC-8A and the Creek (AOI-5), Former Settling Basins and Sludge Lagoons (AOI-6) and Off-site (AOI-7). A SI/RA Report was submitted in June 2007.

The implementation of the Supplemental Investigation and Remedial Activities (SI/RA) was performed between September 29, 2006 and February 1, 2007 with the following results:

A total of 12,740 tons of materials was excavated as part of theSupplemental Investigation and Remedial Activities (SI/RA) and more than 297,000 tons of material has been shipped offsite for disposal for the entire project since 1998. Only AOI-1 remains as an area of concern until sampling results of additional excavation is completed. The non-site (on-site and off-site) related compounds such as Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), metals and hexachlorobenzene that are near the background levels and do no meet site Standards, Criteria and Guidance (SCGs) for PAHs may be left at the site and managed under NYSDEC Part 375 regulations.

Site Repository

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

The Town of Skaneateles Town Hall
24 Jordan Street, Skaneateles, New York 13152
Attn: Town Clerk Phone: (315) 685-3473

NYSDEC - Region 7 Office
615 Erie Boulevard West, Syracuse, New York 13204-2400
Attn: Mr. Charles Branagh Phone: (315) 426-7551

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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