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Cleanup of Superfund site in Speonk restarts

An environmental remediation of soil at a Speonk lumber yard and state designated Superfund site has been detailed by the agency responsible for monitoring the work.

The Department of Environmental Conservation last week released details of the cleanup at the BBS Treated Lumber Corp. State Superfund site, located at 1348 Speonk-Riverhead Rd. in Speonk.

The contaminations were mostly metals, such as chrome and arsenic, said officials at the DEC.

On-site cleanup activities started on Sept. 20, 2010. According to the DEC, about 2,000 of 12,500 tons of contaminated hazardous waste, and more than 14,000 of the 16,275 tons of contaminated but nonhazardous waste have been removed from the site.

Clean up is scheduled to restart in mid-April and be finished by the summer.

According to the DEC, the nonhazardous waste is being shipped to the Brookhaven Landfill, and the hazardous fill to Chemical Waste Management facility in Model City, a town in Niagara County.

A state superfund site is identified by whether it can pose a significant threat to public health and the environment.

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