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York Oil Co. Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) Site

EPA Identifier: NYD000511733
CERCLIS ID: NYD000511733
Location:
44.8225, -74.5751

Address:
N LAWRENCE RD
Moira, NY

Final Date: 19830908


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Programs: {CERCLIS,ICIS}
Program Interests:
FORMAL ENFORCEMENT ACTION, SUPER

Site Summary:
Federal Register Notice:  September 08, 1983

Conditions at listing (July 1982): York Oil Co. formerly recycled waste oils on a 17-acre site in Moira, New York. The State identified the facility as an environmental problem after it was sold to local residents. The site consists of two storage tanks filled with PCB-contaminated oil, one graded lagoon, and two consolidated lagoons which are filled with PCB-contaminated soils and sludges and capped with kiln dust and sand. Before the site was abandoned, it consisted of eight steel storage tanks, two buildings, and three lagoons.

The berms of the lagoons have failed in the past, discharging oil into the adjacent wetlands that drain into Lawrence Brook. Analyses indicate 50 parts per million (ppm) of PCBs in lagoon waters, over 500 ppm in lagoon sludge, up to 26 parts per billion (ppb) in ground water, and up to 350 ppm in solids. In 1980 and 1981, using about $790,000 made available under Section 311 of the Clean Water Act and CERCLA, EPA took steps to minimize off-site migration of PCBs. Actions included closing the facility, partially cleaning up the wetlands area, treating oil wastes from one of the lagoons, and interim closing of the remaining two lagoons. However, oil, soil, and sludges containing PCBs remain at the site and adjacent wetlands. The site threatens the area wildlife as well as the wetlands. The threat to the area's drinking water is undefined at present.

Status (July 1983): In June 1983, using CERCLA emergency funds, EPA collected seeping oil, constructed filter fences, posted warning signs, and placed barriers to prevent vehicles from entering. Concurrently, EPA is negotiating a Cooperative Agreement with New York to perform a remedial investigation/feasibility study to determine the type and extent of contamination that remains and identify alternatives for remedial action.

Institutional Controls:
Media Where IC Applies
(Multiple entries where more than one pathway is impacted)
Restriction Type Instrument
Ground Water
Prohibit Ground Water Well Installation/Construction
Deed restrictions have been put into place in the Southern Wetland and within the railroad grade area between the Site Proper and the Southern Wetland that prohibit the installation of groundwater wells, use of groundwater, and disturbance of the remedy on these properties. In addition, deed restrictions are in place on the Site Proper and the Western Drainable Area to prevent the use of groundwater, installation of groundwater wells, limit the use of the property, and to protect the integrity of the remedy (i.e., the cap). Since the Northwestern Wetland does not pose a risk to public health, no restrictions are necessary in this portion of the site. New York State regulations require annual certifications that institutional controls, required by RODs, are in place and that remedy-related O&M is being performed. The annual O&M report, submitted by the Performing Party, includes a certification that the institutional controls are in place and that remedy-related O&M is being performed.
 
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Document Effective, Implementation  December 15, 2003