State plans hearing on Farmingdale cleaners hazardous waste site

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The state Department of Environmental Conservation plans to hold a public meeting in Farmingdale next month to discuss and accept comments on a proposed cleanup of the Farmingdale Plaza Cleaners hazardous waste site.

The meeting on the planned cleanup at 450 Main St., to be done under the state's Superfund Program, will be at 7 p.m. March 11 at Farmingdale Village Hall, 361 Main St.

The DEC plans to accept comments through March 24.

The state proposes to expand the adjacent Liberty Industrial Finishing Site groundwater extraction and treatment system to capture tetrachloroethene and associated chemicals at the leading edge of a plume to minimize further spread of contaminated groundwater. That cleanup is already underway.

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"People are not drinking the contaminated groundwater associated with the site because the area is served by a public water supply that obtains groundwater not affected by this contamination," the agency noted.

The Waldbaum's Shopping Plaza was constructed in 1983 and the cleaners opened at that time. The buildings occupied by the cleaners and supermarket are vacant, while two other businesses remain occupied.

More than 15 years ago, the federal Environmental Protection Agency found the adjacent Liberty site was a significant source of tetrachloroethene and later identified the dry cleaner as the source.

Project documents are available at the Farmingdale Public Library at 116 Merritts Rd.

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