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MALTA ROCKET FUEL AREA CERCLIS Site

EPA Identifier: 110009262859
CERCLIS ID: 110009262859
Location:
42.96388, -73.75833

Address:
PLAINS RD
MALTA, NY

Create Date: 01-MAR-00
Update Date: 07-FEB-13
Final Date: 19870722


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

Site Summary:
Federal Register Notice:  July 22, 1987

Conditions at proposal (June 10, 1986): The Malta Rocket Fuel Area is in Malta, Saratoga County, New York. The site consists of about 445 acres. Approximately 145 acres are enclosed by chainlink fencing with barbed wire; the other 300 acres are wooded and essentially have no industrial activity of the kind carried on inside the fenced portion. An extensive residential subdivision, Luther Forest, is approximately 1 mile to the southwest. The land north, east, and south is uninhabited for at least 1 mile.

From the 1940s through the mid-1960s, General Electric Co. (GE) operated a Rocket Test Station as a contractor to the U.S. Government, which owned the site. GE tested ordnance and rocket engines, which included experimentation with exotic rocket fuels. The site was operated under some level of security, and many records have been destroyed, making it difficult to assemble an accurate record of past activities.

In the mid-1960s, the New York State Energy Resources and Development Authority (NYSERDA) bought the entire site from the U.S. Government and began leasing portions of the fenced 145 acres to various companies engaged in energy-related research. Wright-Malta Corp., a company started by former GE employees, continued some ordnance testing and branched off into energy-related research as well (for example, pyrolysis of solid waste and burning the resulting gases to generate electricity). In the fall of 1984, NYSERDA sold about 85 of the 145 acres inside the fence to Wright-Malta Corp. Currently, three other companies operate in the fenced area in addition to Wright-Malta.

In June 1979, NYSERDA contacted the State Department of Health (DOH) and the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for advice on how to dispose of rocket fuels left from GE's earlier research. Because of the extremely hazardous nature of at least one of the fuels, unsymmetrical dimethyl hydrazine, the regulatory agencies took a year to agree on the best disposal method. In July 1980, a restricted burning permit was issued to NYSERDA and its disposal contractor. The fuels were then burned under the direction of DEC.

Recent analyses conducted by DOH and DEC detected significant concentrations of carbon tetrachloride, trichloroethylene, chloroform, and dibromochloromethane in the three drinking water wells at the Test Station. One of the wells serves as a backup but is rarely used. DOH has advised the tenants not to drink the water. About 1,900 people are served by wells within 3 miles of the site.

Area soils are sandy, with ground water at approximately 20 feet below grade. The water supply for Luther Forest comes from two shallow wells in the sand aquifer located approximately 6,000 feet to the southwest and apparently downgradient of the Test Station.

Institutional Controls:
Media Where IC Applies
(Multiple entries where more than one pathway is impacted)
Restriction Type Instrument
Soil
Limit Future Land Use
The use of the soil on one or more parcels at the Site is restricted through easements/covenants that have been filed with the County Clerk’s office. The specific restrictions are: “Unless approved by EPA in writing, Grantor shall not (and shall not authorize any third party to) use the Property for other than commercial or industrial land use.”
 
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Document Issuance, Implementation  June 11, 1999 
 
expand Ground Water
Limit Ground Water Use Activities
The use of the groundwater on one or more parcels at the Site is restricted through easements/covenants that have been filed with the County Clerk’s office. The specific restrictions are: “Unless approved by EPA in writing, Grantor shall not (and shall not authorize any third party to) extract, consume, expose, and/or utilize in any other way the ground water underlying the Property or the ground water that is the subject of the Property, except for the limited purposes of using treated ground water from the Test Station water supply wells # 1 and # 2 (as identified in Exhibit B to this document), and monitoring of the ground water at the MRFA Site.”
 
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Document Issuance, Implementation  June 11, 1999 
 
Ground Water
Limit Ground Water Use Activities
The use of the groundwater on one or more parcels at the Site is restricted through easements/covenants that have been filed with the County Clerk’s office. The specific restrictions are: “Unless approved by EPA in writing, Grantor shall not (and shall not authorize any third party to) extract, consume, expose, and/or utilize in any other way the ground water underlying the Property or the ground water that is the subject of the Property, except for the limited purposes of using treated ground water from the Test Station water supply wells # 1 and # 2 (as identified in Exhibit B to this document), and monitoring of the ground water at the MRFA Site.”
 
The link to this document is currently unavailable. Please contact the regional contacts listed for more information.
Document Issuance, Implementation  June 11, 1999 
 
Ground Water
Limit Ground Water Use Activities
The use of the groundwater on one or more parcels at the Site is restricted through easements/covenants that have been filed with the County Clerk’s Office. The specific restrictions are: "Unless approved by EPA in writing, Grantor shall not (and shall not authorize any third party to) extract, consume, expose, and/or utilize in any other way the ground water underlying the Property, provided, however, that nothing in this paragraph shall be deemed to preclude the monitoring of the ground water at the MRFA Site.
 
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Document Issuance, Implementation  June 28, 1999