Cleanup at Potsdam metals scrap yard proposed
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 8:55 am

POTSDAM – The Department of Environmental Conservation has a plan to clean up contaminants at a metals scrap yard in Potsdam.

The Superfund site, called the Waste Stream site at 147 Outer Maple St., has been a metals recovery site since the 1950s.

The proposal calls for removing soils and sediments at the 27-acre site and nearby, and consolidating any remaining contamination in one spot and covering it with clean soil, along with other measures.

DEC says site management will continue after the cleanup, with fencing. monitoring “and other institutional and engineering controls will be put in place to insure that the site is secure and human health and the environment are protected.”

Processing scrap metal for salvage led to release of fluids containing volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds, metals and polychlorinated bipehnyls, of PCBs, DEC said.

A public meeting on the plan is to be held at 7 p.m. March 17 in Potsdam’s Civic Center.