Federal government agrees to clean up Scotia Navy Depot
Story originally reported by CBS6, original article can be found here.
The General Services Administration has signed a Federal Facility Side Remediation agreement with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, which says the government is now responsible for cleaning up the environmental issues caused when the Depot was in operation.
“This will not only protect our environment, but will boost our economic development efforts in the Glenville (Business and Technology Park) and Schenectady County,” said Judy Dagostino, Schenectady Country Legislature Chair.
TCE, a chemical often used in solvents for industrial purposes as a degreaser, is the primary concern, and has been linked with cancer and other health hazards.
“The TCE plume must be stopped and the federal government has finally owned up to its responsibility to fix the environmental damage cause by the former Navy operation” said Legislator Cathy Gatta.
The GSA has agreed to install a “zero valent iron permeable reactive barrier” beneath the surface of the Depot to stop the TCE plumes so that it is not longer a health threat. That type of barrier is proven to be effective in purifying contaminated groundwater.
Ray Gillen, the Commissioner of Economic Development and Planning for Schenectady Country, said the next step is to try to redevelop the parcel for new jobs and new tax base.