DEC: No further action needed on Westbury Superfund site

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The Department of Environmental Conservation has invited the public to comment on the state's plan to take "no further action" on a Superfund site in Westbury.

A public meeting is scheduled for March 25 to discuss the Bartlett Tree Co. site, at 345 Union Ave., where the state DEC has said hazardous waste was disposed between the 1950s and 1983.

Remediation of the site -- in the form of soil excavation -- was completed in November 2012 and has reduced contaminant levels, DEC officials said.

The "No Further Action" remedy includes continued operation and several controls, which have been or will be put in place, officials said. They include a site management plan and groundwater use restriction for the property.

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DEC officials said a remedial investigation outlined soil and groundwater contamination on the 0.4-acre property, which includes a two-story brick and masonry structure. The contaminants that caused most concern were pesticides such as aldrin and chlordane.

Before remediation, investigators collected soil samples from zero to 2 feet below the surface in several locations, including the former pesticide storage locker and a former open shed. The locker, shed and an equipment garage have been removed, DEC officials said.

The tree company has occupied the site since the mid-1950s and pesticides are stored there, DEC officials said, noting the disposal of pesticides into an on-site leaching pool has been documented.

The public meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 25 at the Westbury Community Center, 357 Rockland St. Written comments can be submitted to the DEC through March 28.

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