Draft investigation work plan for Westchester County Airport under review

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Westchester County Airport passenger terminal

WHITE PLAINS -The State Department of Environmental Conservation is currently reviewing the draft work plan under the Brownfield Cleanup Program at Westchester County Airport. The agency is accepting written comments about the plan from October 5 through November 4.

Earlier studies have detected metals, semi-volatile organic compounds from previous petroleum spills, PFAS. PFOS and PFOA from previous firefighting exercises using older firefighting chemicals that impacted soils, groundwater, surface waters, and sediments on-site, into off-site groundwater and surface water.

The county-owned airport, near White Plains, had leased a section in 1947 to the New York Air National Guard, which performed aircraft and firefighting training operations on a regular basis. Those activities were performed in a “burn pit” that was located near the Guard’s former hangar from about 1968 until the Guard relocated to Stewart Airport in 1983.