News broke on this story in the mainstream media -- from WTVH Channel 5 in Syracuse: "New Hartford's Big Secret" -- this evening.
New Hartford OnLine Blog has the details. From the blog, in a nutshell ...
- A private dump owned by the Scully family near Valley View Road was directed to be closed by court order in 1961.
- Twenty five years later in 1986 "severely rusted" 56 gallon drums were found at the site which once contained chemical solvents according to preliminary DEC reports. State officials planned to take soil and water samples.
- In April 1987 135 people attended a public information meeting at the NH HighSchool on two suspected hazardous waste sites in the town, but DEC and OC Health Dept. officials had few answers on this site because they said more testing was needed.
NH Online notes that Lockheed Martin, which is responsible for cleaning up the site (presumably because its wastes wound up at the site) reports in an online document that industrial waste was transported from GE's French Road plant to this site from 1966 to 1973. NH Online asks:
"How can that be? The Supreme Court ordered the dump closed in 1961."
NH Online further notes that Lockheed Martin's cleanup of the site and Sylvan Glen Creek involved the removal of 1000s of truckloads of soil, and the removal of 300 mature trees and comments:
The WTVH clip notes a cluster of cancer cases/deaths in the neighborhood.
"No wonder there has been increased stormwater problems in that area of town...300 mature trees removed???"
Isn't the Sylvan Glenn area the site of recent flooding events? Could contaminated waste have been transported from the contaminated site into the adjoining neighborhoods by these flooding events?
The Scully Site was on the Town Board's agenda tonight. After all these years, it will be interesting to see if people's concerns are answered.
Update: It didn't take the OD long to put a positive spin on all this.