As part of a pre-established process, FMC Corporation submitted a request May 1, 2014 seeking United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) review of Corrective Measures Alternative 9, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (NYSDEC) chosen remedy for soil arsenic cleanup in the Village of Middleport, N.Y.
FMC’s submission is another step in the process permitted under the Agreement among FMC, USEPA, and NYSDEC. The request is consistent with the Comments and Objections submitted by FMC on August 13, 2012, in response to the NYSDEC’s Preliminary Statement of Basis (issued in June 2012).
“FMC remains committed to protecting human health and the environment and implementing an appropriate cleanup plan that minimizes disruption to the Village of Middleport,” said Bob Forbes, FMC’s director, EHS Remediation and Governance. “FMC submitted the dispute of CMA9 and request for review by USEPA as part of the pre-established process so that USEPA can review the NYSDEC’s decision and our response to it.”
USEPA is provided a “reasonable amount of time” to review FMC’s request. FMC looks forward to receiving USEPA’s response, said Forbes.
On May 28, 2013, NYSDEC issued a Final Statement of Basis (FSOB) to FMC for remediation in the areas known as Air Deposition Area 1 and Culvert 105. Since the FSOB was issued, FMC, the NYSDEC and the New York State Department of Health (DOH) have been meeting to understand better how NYSDEC intends FMC to implement CMA 9 on individual properties. In these meetings, FMC continued to seek flexibility consistent with CMA3, which was recommended by FMC with the support of the community.
The company continues to update Federal, State, and Village officials and community members as to its progress with the Agencies.
FMC is committed to operating safely in Middleport, NY to protect its employees, neighbors, and the environment in compliance with all applicable Federal and State regulations.