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  • Asbestos removal begins at Union Fork and Hoe

  • Asbestos work has begun on the former Union Fork and Hoe site, with demolition now slated for sometime in late July. Stephen Litwhiler, Region 6 DEC citizen participation specialist, said the asbestos removal will take a couple more weeks before it is completed. After that, the demolition will begin....
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  • Asbestos work has begun on the former Union Fork and Hoe site, with demolition now slated for sometime in late July.
    Stephen Litwhiler, Region 6 DEC citizen participation specialist, said the asbestos removal will take a couple more weeks before it is completed. After that, the demolition will begin.
    “Once the buildings are down and removed there will be a full scale investigation of the extent of contamination and how the site will be cleaned up,” he said in an e-mail to The Telegram on Tuesday.
    Litwhiler said another DEC fact sheet would be issued once the remedial investigation begins.
    Information provided by the DEC regarding the Initial Remediation Measure states that besides the asbestos abatement, asbestos air monitoring and asbestos removal, the buildings will be “stripped of all material besides wood, brick, block, steel and concrete.”
    Contaminated debris will be disposed of off-site, and some uncontaminated materials, such as steel, brick, block and concrete, will be recycled.
    The site is listed as class 2 on the state registry of inactive waste sites, which represents a significant threat to public health or the environment and that action is required.
    Clean-up activities will be performed by Ames True Temper with oversight provided by the DEC. The work is being done through the State Superfund Program, which identifies and characterizes suspected inactive hazardous waste disposal sites.
    According to the DEC fact sheet, the site includes “several vacant industrial buildings, which were part of the former hand tool manufacturer. The majority of the site is covered by former parking areas and grass fields with some more densely vegetated areas along the site boundaries.”
    A public water supply well field was impacted by the site and is located adjacent to and northeast of the site. In 1991, a treatment system was placed on the municipal well.
    Several environmental investigations have been conducted at the site over the last 25 years. Elevated levels of Volatile Organic Compounds, semi-volatile organic compounds, Polychlorinated Biphenyls and metals have been documented historically in site soils. The fact sheet also states that “several removal actions have been performed at the site to address impacts to site soils over the last 15 years.”
    The site is currently inactive and is zoned for commercial and industrial use. The surrounding area has a mix of industrial, commercial and residential zoned uses.
    Village of Frankfort Mayor Frank Moracco said last month that some new developers are interested in bringing their business to the site, once it is fully remediated.
    Documents related to this site can be found at the Frankfort village office at 110 Railroad St.

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