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Hearing set tonight on contamination at Scotia Naval Depot

Hearing set tonight on contamination at Scotia Naval Depot

A public hearing will be held tonight to outline the state’s plan to remove chemicals that are conta

A public hearing will be held tonight to outline the state’s plan to remove chemicals that are contaminating groundwater at the former Scotia Naval Depot in Glenville.

The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. at the Glenville Senior Center, 32 Worden Road.

The state wants to inject up to 300 tons of iron crystals into soil at the former depot, creating a permeable wall to remove trichloroethene, or TCE , and other chemicals over the next 30 years.

The state’s Superfund Program would cover the $3.3 million estimated cost to clean up the 60-acre site, owned by the federal General Services Administration.

TCE is a colorless chemical used for degreasing. Long-term exposure to it can harm the nervous system and other major organs.

Following a 30-day comment period, which ends March 24, the DEC will issue a final report. Work is expected to begin within a year, according to the DEC.

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