Comments on: What Is Happening With The Sediment Being Dredged From The Hudson River? http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/07/sediment-from-the-hudson-river/ The EPA Blog Mon, 06 Jul 2015 06:00:35 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 By: john vargo http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/07/sediment-from-the-hudson-river/#comment-14602 Wed, 20 Jul 2011 15:47:11 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=996#comment-14602 Lisa would it be possible to foward me a photo of the disposal site. thank you JV please send to above e-mail

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By: Skopeck http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/07/sediment-from-the-hudson-river/#comment-14601 Wed, 29 Jul 2009 19:32:20 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=996#comment-14601 Hi Lisa,

The sediment is being taken to a landfill operated by Waste Control Specialists LLC (WCS). It is a 1,338-acre hazardous and radioactive waste processing and disposal facility west of Andrews, Texas, next to the New Mexico border. There, the waste is deposited into cells buried in the ground (surrounded by clay). The facility is permitted under the Toxic Substances Control Act to accept PCB-containing waste.

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By: lisa http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/07/sediment-from-the-hudson-river/#comment-14600 Tue, 28 Jul 2009 06:30:13 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=996#comment-14600 Can you explain what happens at the disposal facility?

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By: Skopeck http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/07/sediment-from-the-hudson-river/#comment-14599 Wed, 22 Jul 2009 13:21:48 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=996#comment-14599 Hello Mr. Bailey,

Rail transportation is a safe and effective way to transport the PCBs to the licensed disposal facility. Because the main risk pathway associated with PCBs is through ingestion (eating them), if a train were to derail, the scene would be handled by emergency responders who would basically scoop the sediment back into the railcar to complete the trip. The PCBs would not present a major threat by becoming airborne (again, they are attached to sediment).

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By: Skopeck http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/07/sediment-from-the-hudson-river/#comment-14598 Wed, 22 Jul 2009 13:16:09 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=996#comment-14598 Mr. Berraz,

I agree with you. The size and scope of this project is truly a marvel. The Hudson is an impressive natural resource which is enjoyed by millions of people, and this project will greatly improve the overall health of the river.

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By: Skopeck http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/07/sediment-from-the-hudson-river/#comment-14597 Wed, 22 Jul 2009 12:53:31 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=996#comment-14597 Hello Mr. Musick,

I can confidently tell you all remediation options for PCBs were considered by EPA before moving forth with the selected remedy. The amount of sediment being dredged (enough to fill two football stadiums) makes many other options impractical…and would take several more years than the selected option. Nevertheless, thank you for your interest in the project.

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By: Skopeck http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/07/sediment-from-the-hudson-river/#comment-14596 Wed, 22 Jul 2009 12:49:22 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=996#comment-14596 Ms. Saez,

All communities downriver from the project (in the 40-mile project area) are receiving driking water from a source other than the river, or they are having their water filtered using carbon (which removes 95-99 percent of the PCBs). The communities further downriver who still draw from the Hudson are having their water monitored by NYS Department of Health. No one to our knowledge is drinking unfiltered river water, and the monitoring at the top of the project area where the dredging is occuring has confirmed that the project has not caused an exceedance of the drinking water for PCBs (500 parts per trillion).

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By: Michael E. Bailey http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/07/sediment-from-the-hudson-river/#comment-14595 Tue, 21 Jul 2009 00:56:12 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=996#comment-14595 Dredging the Hudson to eliminate the threat of PCPs is a great thing. I am glad that someone is doing something about that problem. It is too bad that the only facility, it seems, that can take the waste is in Texas. With trains having to run between New York and Texas, there is always the chance of derailment and a big problem to be faced in some community should that happen. That said, rail transportation is a much safer option than putting truck loads of PCPs on the highway. It sounds like you are doing a goohd job. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

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By: Edgardo Berraz http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/07/sediment-from-the-hudson-river/#comment-14594 Sat, 18 Jul 2009 16:49:48 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=996#comment-14594 It’s very important the treatment of the solid waste in the Hudson river,because in that sensible area between Newark, New York and New Island,the corruption of that water course could cause unsuitable big problems.It’s impresible that 450 cartrackings will be needed for remove the waste.

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By: LeRoy Musick http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/07/sediment-from-the-hudson-river/#comment-14593 Sat, 18 Jul 2009 04:13:05 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=996#comment-14593 My Dear Kristen Skopeck: Dredging PCB’s and all other hazordous
waste can be safely disposed of and not as
expensive or time consuming as you
indicate in your article.

Please contact me and I will tell you of a
truly safe way to DESTROY these
hazordous waste without any emmissios
or harm to the environment.

LeRoy Musick

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