Help Protect Our Community From Toxic Release! Demand Testing Before Digging

Information = Safety

The DEC has confirmed that the Tuckahoe Marbledale Road Quarry Dump is a Hazardous Waste Dump (Class 2(P) & BCP).

A Marriott SpringHill Suites hotel is proposed in the middle of this hazardous waste dump. Because of the proposed Marriott hotel project, the center 3.43 acres of the 7 acre toxic dump is in the Brownfield Program (BCP).

The DEC has now approved a Remedial Action Work Plan (RAWP), without having done a thorough examination of the BCP site. No testing at all has been done on the surrounding ~3.5 acres of the dump.

Any construction on the site will release contaminated vapors and dust. A proper evaluation of the risk has not been performed; therefore the risk posed to our community is unknown.

How can any plan be safe if nobody knows the contaminants that are currently coming off of the dump, and what will be stirred up and released during construction?

The current DEC Remedial Action Work Plan (RAWP) DOES NOT:

◆ Understand and analyze the threats of the entire toxic quarry dump
◆ Locate chemical-filled drums before digging
◆ Appropriately test, monitor, and contain toxic soil vapors
◆ Appropriately monitor and analyze off-site ground water
◆ Test and monitor for dioxin, radioactivity, pharmaceuticals, and other toxic contaminants.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER: COMPLETE, EXTENSIVE TESTING of the ENTIRE DUMP SITE IS NECESSARY TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITY.

Do Not Allow a rush to Development to Take Precedence over the Health and Safety of our Community!!

YOU HAVE A VOICE

 Write to your public officials:

Demand that we have the most sophisticated protections and safety protocols.
We need the DEC to enact all of the testing recommendations, and safety protocols put forth by Dr. Donald Hughes.
These include, but are not limited to:

1) Current Ambient air testing: test the air now.
2) Soil Vapor testing of the entire BCP site, the entire Quarry Dump, and the surrounding buildings. They must identify the specific types of soil vapor contaminants in order to properly protect us.
3) During all construction activities: Specific Soil Vapor monitoring to identify the specific contaminants in the vapors. We need to know our exposure risks.
4) Real time vapor monitoring systems: test in real time what vapors are being released into our air, and at what levels.
5) Real time community alert systems: let us know whenever there have been work stoppages due to contaminated vapor and dust overages in the air.
6) Soil vapor capture systems, during construction, and after the project completion. Capture the vapors, do not vent them into our air.
7) Tenting the area during construction activities; this, with vapor capture, will best protect our community from contaminated vapor and dust exposure.
8) Test for Dioxin, Radioactivity, Pharmaceuticals, and several more contaminants. These contaminants require specific types of community protection protocols.
9) Identify chemical filled drums, tanks, canisters before digging. When a bulldozer hits a ~60 year old chemical filled drum, the drum will probably rupture. And then, the construction crew will have to deal with the exposures and leakages. Encourage the DEC to be pro-active, and more protective of the risks of exposure.
10) A Full Department of Health Risk Assessment of the possible toxic threats to our entire community.

Please see addresses and more information on the Sierra Club Lower Hudson Website
https://sierraclub.org/atlantic/lower-hudson/tuckahoes-toxic-trench

We are Pro-Testing & Pro-Safety: because this is where we live.

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