Tuesday, March 13, 2018

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EPA hosts public session on East Fishkill Superfund site construction

Thantu: "This is a major,
major milestone"

HOPEWELL JUNCTION – East Fishkill residents turned out to hear about construction on the Hopewell Precision Superfund Site at the East Fishkill Community Center and voice their concerns to Environmental Protection Agency officials.

The site, once completed, seeks to improve public water supply distribution in the area.

Lorenzo Thantu, the remedial project manager, expressed delight at the commencement of site construction.

“This is a major, major milestone,” Thantu said. “We only have good news to share, and needless to say, it’s been a long time.”

Still, one local resident was initially skeptical. Carissa Rodriguez, who works at bar and grill Daddy O’s, was concerned about road closures.

“We want to see how it’s going to affect us traffic-wise and if we are going to be closed down at all since we only have one entrance in and out of the restaurant,” she said.

Rodriguez had the opportunity to express her concerns after Thantu presented a PowerPoint detailing the construction on the project. Other concerns included the decommissioning of private wells, the placement of the water lines and the amount of time construction will affect residential water supply.


Lots of interest among East Fishkill residents

Town Supervisor Nicholas D’Allessandro hopes residents have their questions answered.

“I hope all the people who live down Route 82 who were impacted by the contamination get all their questions answered,” he said. When the water line has been installed, D’Allessandro said the town would take it over.

The need for clean water supply in Hopewell Junction arose nearly 15 years ago after concerns of groundwater contamination in a particular area emerged. In 2005, the area was named a Superfund site.

Since then, there has been a battle for funding that has waged on for over a decade. Now with funding in place, Phase I is set to begin for the site. Once funding is secured for the next two phases, they will commence in late 2019.

For this project, the EPA has partnered with eight agencies, including Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp., Metro-North Railroad, the New York State Department of Transportation and the New York State Department of Health.

 


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