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Meeting set to address Elmont welding site cleanup

State plans for the remediation of a contaminated

State plans for the remediation of a contaminated site will be the subject of a public hearing Tuesday in Elmont. (May 24, 2012) Credit: Amy Onorato

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will hold a public meeting Tuesday on cleanup plans for soil contamination at the former Elmont Welding Site in Elmont.

The 0.35-acre site at 546 Hempstead Tpke. is vacant and fenced-in after buildings were demolished by the Town of Hempstead. The property was originally used as an automobile garage as early as 1925, then as an auto repair shop in the 1950s and 1960s, and a welding shop from the 1970s to 2006, according to a DEC report.

The proposed remedy calls for excavating the site and disposing of contaminated soil at an off-site location. No site-related contaminants were found in the groundwater.

Cleanup would be conducted under the state’s Environmental Restoration Program, which reimburses municipalities for their costs to remediate contaminated properties they own. Once cleaned up, the properties may be redeveloped for commercial, industrial, residential or public use.

The 7 p.m. meeting will be held in the Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke. The DEC is also seeking public comments through March 17.

Project documents are available to the public at the Elmont Memorial Library and at the DEC’s regional office in Stony Brook.


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