State orders clean up of toxic site
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The major contaminant at the Oceanside site, a state report said, is trichloroethylene, or TCE, a man-made, chlorinated solvent used primarily to remove grease from metal parts and textiles. According to the DEC’s website, “Due to concerns about its toxicity, the use of trichloroethylene in the food and pharmaceutical industries has been banned in much of the world since the 1970s.” The website adds that groundwater contamination by TCE has become an important environmental concern.
The first task the state will undertake is to excavate the impacted soil and dispose of it in an undisclosed site in another state. Groundwater monitoring will contine until there is no longer a problem with contamination on the Oceanside site, the state agency said.
“We will continue to monitor the site, and additional cleanup activities might be necessary, depending on what we find,” the DEC spokesman said. “We will keep the public informed throughout the investigation and the cleanup of the site.”