Preparing for cleanup at old Canada Dry site

By Justin Andrews
By Matt Hicks
By Conor Mooney

March 12, 2013 Updated Mar 13, 2013 at 9:59 AM EDT

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Plans are in the works to cleanup the former Canada Dry plant site, but not without some concerns from neighbors close to the Badger Avenue property.

In the 1990s, high levels of the industrial solvent Trichloroethene, or TCE, were detected in the groundwater under the site.

The site is now an empty lot and a recycling facility.

The Department of Environmental Conservation plans to install a soil vapor extraction system to pull the vapors from the ground soil, treat them as necessary and then discharge them into the atmosphere.

Despite concerns over noise and the pollution, officials said neighbors shouldn't expect much different.

"The ground water plume is beneath the surface and the soil contamination and whatever, it is at the site so people aren't touching it basically," said Justin Deming, public health specialist with the New York State Health Department's Bureau of Environmental Exposure Investigation.

"Throughout the past couple of years we've done extensive ground water sampling , had drilling rigs out on site. Going forward, they will probably only see activity on site as we install the system. But we would probably continue our soil vapor intrusion program on neighboring properties throughout the neighborhood," said Ben Rung of the New York State DEC.

Rung said the cleanup could take between 18 months and two years.

TCE is the same chemical at the center of the contamination along North Street from IBM and other businesses. There, varying levels of TCE have been found in a 300-plus acre plume of Endicott's soil and ground water.

More than 300 homes nearby have those plastic pipes that run from basement to roof.

The EPA has since declared TCE a carcinogen.