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EPA Selects Remedy For Groundwater Contamination at the Goldisc Recordings Superfund Site in Holbrook, Long Island

Release Date: 10/01/1998
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(#98140) NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected a plan to address low-level groundwater contamination at the Goldisc Recordings Superfund site in the Village of Holbrook on Long Island. In the summer of 1997, the Agency supervised the successful removal of approximately 300 cubic yards of contaminated soil and sediments on the property, which were the principal source of nickel, the contaminant of concern in the groundwater.

With the sources of the contamination eliminated, EPA has decided to rely on natural processes to gradually reduce the low level nickel contamination present in the groundwater to the state standard. It is anticipated that the groundwater standard will be achieved within three years. The effectiveness of this process, called "natural attenuation," will be measured through a monitoring program. The monitoring plan will also serve to ensure that the quality of water at the downgradient Church Street Wellfield is not compromised.

EPA Regional Administrator Jeanne M. Fox said. "This is the final phase of federal actions at the site. Thanks to our enforcement efforts and the cooperation of the responsible parties, taxpayers have been spared virtually all the costs associated with the cleanup at this site and a blight has been removed from the environmental landscape of the community."

The Agency based its decision on the results of an investigation into the nature and extent of chemical contamination in the groundwater at the site and public comment. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has reviewed EPA's plan and agrees with the Agency's determination.

For more information contact:
Richard Cahill, Press Office
EPA Region 2
290 Broadway
NY, NY 10007-1866
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