FMC Corporation, at the direction of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), along with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) (collectively, the “Agencies”), will design and submit an Interim Corrective Measure (ICM) Work Plan this summer for a portion of the study area known as “Tributary One and Flood Plain South of Pearson/Stone Roads,” also referred to as “Operable Unit 6 or “OU6.”

This action is the result of the Agencies approval of the OU6 Reach T1 Interim Corrective Measure (ICM) Pre-Design Report that was submitted earlier this year by FMC. The design and planning for the proposed ICM project will be performed in the remainder of 2017 and will include submittal by FMC of a draft ICM Work Plan in August 2017 for the Agencies approval.

The proposed ICM will address the presence of arsenic in soil and sediment in the OU6 Reach T1 area between Francis St. on the south and the Erie Canal on the north and which includes approximately 26 residential, commercial and public properties along the upstream portion of Tributary One and its flood plain. The proposed ICM Scope of Work calls for removing soil and sediment within the creek bed and from adjacent creek banks and flood plain. This work is expected to start in 2018.

FMC’s approach to this project is consistent with the process followed for previous ICMs under the Administrative Order of Consent (AOC) with the Agencies.

FMC is committed to ensuring the design and implementation of the ICM will maximize safety, minimize inconvenience to property owners and surrounding neighbors, and provide appropriate restoration in consultation with individual property owners.

With that in mind, FMC is communicating this week with affected property owners to discuss any questions or concerns regarding the conceptual approach and to request permission to access their properties to conduct a property survey to facilitate the design process. Property owners can contact the FMC Community Office at 735-9769 or in-person at 8 S. Vernon Street in Middleport. Walk-in hours are 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Other times are available by appointment. Property owners are also invited to speak with a representative of the Agencies.

FMC is also developing a Corrective Measures Study (CMS) that will determine the final corrective measures for properties within OU6 Reach T1. Those measures will be selected by the Agencies and may or may not include any additional future remedial work beyond that required by the ICM.