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Garden City Park Superfund site cleaned

Cleanup at a Superfund site on the grounds of a former termite extermination facility in Garden City Park has been completed, the state Department of Environmental Conservation reported.

The one-third-acre site at 131 Herricks Rd. housed Fumex Sanitation from 1952 to 1992. Tests revealed chlordane and other pesticides had contaminated soil and groundwater beneath the site and a neighboring yard.

Cleanup work began in September 2010, and more than 760 tons of contaminated soil were removed at the site and off-site, and replaced with clean fill. An on-site dry well and new stormwater management system were installed. An off-site underground storage tank was also removed, the DEC said.

The state is completing a final engineering report. Long-term site management will include groundwater sampling and easements to prevent potential exposure to residual soil contamination.

More information can be found at the Shelter Rock Public Library, 165 Searingtown Rd., Albertson.


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