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EPA Identifier: 110009323320
CERCLIS ID: 110009323320
44.70361, -75.36153


Create Date: 01-MAR-00
Update Date: 07-FEB-13
Final Date: 19900830

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Federal Register Notice:  August 30, 1990

Conditions at proposal (October 26, 1989): The Sealand Restoration, Inc., Site occupies approximately 200 acres south of Pray Road in Lisbon, St. Lawrence County, New York. The surrounding area, consisting largely of farmland and wetlands, is sparsely populated. In the late 1970s, the company, also known as Sealand Industrial Services, Inc., disposed of waste oils and oil spill debris under a permit issued by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). In addition, wastes were accepted from numerous industrial plants in central and northern New York State. Wastes were stored or disposed of in three on-site facilities: a drum storage area, a disposal pit, and a land spreading area. In 1980, NYSDEC ordered the company to stop waste disposal activities.

In 1980, the New York State Department of Health found low levels of cadmium in residential wells near the site. Under a Consent Order Agreement in 1981, Sealand Restoration agreed to clean up the site; however, the firm was subsequently cited for noncompliance. The site has been referred to the State Attorney General. According to NYSDEC, St. Lawrence County received a $100,000 Local Assistance Grant in 1984 from the New York State Legislature to perform limited cleanup at the site. The county removed 133 drums left on the surface, along with 60 full or partially full buried drums, 42 empty buried drums, and 150 cubic yards of contaminated soil. These wastes were transported to a hazardous waste facility regulated under Subtitle C of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

Acetone, trichloroethane, toluene, benzene, and trichloroethylene were present in on-site monitoring wells downgradient of the landfill, according to tests conducted in 1986-87 by a consultant to NYSDEC. An estimated 1,100 people obtain drinking water from private wells within 3 miles of the site, one of which is on the site. The on-site well has been taken out of service.

Trichloroethane and tetrachloroethylene were detected in surface water downhill from the site in tests conducted by the State (1980) and EPA (1985). A fresh water wetland lies within and adjacent to the site. The area is used for recreational activities.

NYSDEC has conducted a study to determine the type and extent of contamination at the site. The study determined that surface soils in the land spreading area contain low levels of PCBs and heavy metals, and that contaminants may have migrated downward in soils beneath where the drums had been stacked. The shallow aquifer is contaminated downgradient of the disposal pit. Possible interconnection with a deeper aquifer must be assessed.

Status (August 30, 1990): In March 1990, NYSDEC excavated approximately 800 tons of contaminated soils and 1,500 drums of wastes and transported the materials to a hazardous waste disposal facility regulated under Subtitle C of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. The excavated area remains to be seeded and graded.