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EPA cleanup plan targets contaminated soil in Olean

OLEAN – An updated plan designed to speed up the cleanup of groundwater at the Olean Well Field Superfund site is being proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to a statement made Wednesday by agency officials.

The EPA plan, which calls for the soil and groundwater to be treated to break down the contaminants, is expected to be further detailed at an Aug. 5 meeting. The 7 p.m. public meeting will be held at the Jamestown Community College, Cattaraugus County Campus, Cutco Theater, 260 North Union St., Olean.

The new cleanup plan calls for contaminated soil under the main building at the former Alcas Cutler Corp. facility at the Olean Well Field site to be excavated “if treatment alone does not achieve the groundwater cleanup goals,” according to the EPA statement.

Soil and groundwater at the Alcas facility are contaminated with volatile organic compounds. VOCs, some of which are carcinogenic, are often found in paint, solvents, aerosol sprays, cleaners, disinfectants, automotive products and dry cleaning fluids.

The EPA’s proposal also requires restrictions “on how the site can be used in the future to ensure that activities at the site do not interfere with the cleanup.” Meanwhile, the agency pointed out that groundwater use at the site “has been restricted until it meets water quality standards.”

A review of the effectiveness of the cleanup will be conducted by the EPA within five years, according to the agency’s plan.

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