New York Air Brake Co. - New York State Superfund Site No. 623003 - Watertown, New York
NYAB Documents - Watertown vs. Endicott - A Comparison
Poll & Discussion -
Should TCE In Groundwater Trigger Vapor Intrusion Investigation?
There are many reports weekly of TCE and other chemicals found in either private wells and/or
groundwater but yet there are no references of a Soil Vapor Intrusion (SVI) Investigation.
When TCE or other chemical levels in private wells or in groundwater exceed standards, should
vapor intrusion testing then be the next step? To participate in this poll and join the discussion
please go to our Facebook Page.
St. Louis County, MO Cancer Cluster Map
62 brain cancer cases
27 leukemia cases
26 lung cancer cases
24 multiple sclerosis cases
15 lymphoma cases
10 pancreatic cancer cases
3 conjoined twins
Editor’s note -
We do not have such a map specific to the NYAB site but preliminary date from those who were
willing to share information. That information can be found HERE.
In Watertown, we have several cases of brain cancer and 7 or more cases of craniocynostosis
within a several block area. Craniosynostosis is rare, affecting an estimated one in every 1,800 to
3,000 children. Three out of every four cases affect boy.
Each illness as reported to myself and/or our group is listed as it was reported, therefore there
are duplications of illnesses which is indicative of how many times that specific illness was
June 17, 2013 - Contaminated Wells - Newcastle, DE
New Utility Requirements On Drinking Water Proposed
Delaware public health officials will propose new utility disclosure requirements for unregulated
but potentially toxic drinking water contaminants next month, in a move prompted by the recent
discovery an obscure chemical in a new public well near New Castle.
Earlier this year, Artesian Water Co. was forced to shut down a newly developed, high-volume
public supply well near Llangollen Boulevard south of New Castle after tests found high levels a
likely cancer-causing compound, 1,4-dioxane entering the system. Officials quickly linked the
substance to the nearby Delaware Sand & Gravel federal Superfund cleanup site.
EPA summaries identify 1,4 dioxane as likely carcinogen and an industrial solvent and stabilizer
used in a variety of industries, including some cosmetics, as well as a breakdown product of
trichloroethylene – one of the most common contaminants at superfund sites. The complete
article can be viewed HERE.
June 14, 2013 - Radioactive Contamination - Bridgeton, MO
Secrets Buried Beneath Westlake Landfill
In the 1970s thousands of tons of radioactive uranium and thorium was dumped in the Westlake
"I seen a large ditch being dug on the construction field. And then later that evening, right before
dark, those two tractor trailers pulled in," he said.
It took all day he says for workers to dig a ditch about 50 feet deep complete with a dirt ramp.
"Right before dark, they drove two tractor trailers down in the trench," said Bob. "They pulled in
the ground. The drivers got out. They closed the doors and walked out."
The tractors had no markings. By 11 p.m. the trucks and ditch were covered as if nothing ever
happened. The complete article can be viewed HERE.
EPA page on the Westlake Landfill
Summary of private lawsuit HERE.
MO State lawsuit information reported HERE.
Facebook Group - Coldwater Creek - Just The Facts Please
June 17, 2013 - Benzene Update - Parachute Creek, CO
Benzene Shows Up Again In New Creek Testing
Benzene has again been detected, but at barely detectable levels, in Parachute Creek at the site of
a natural gas liquids leak.
The carcinogen was measured at 1.4 to 1.5 parts per billion at a single location in the creek in
daily samples between Saturday and Tuesday, according to updates from the Colorado
Department of Public Health and Environment and Williams, the company responsible for the
leak. Complete article can be viewed HERE.
June 15, 2013 - TCE Contamination - Marengo, IL
TCE Tainted Well Water Found In Six Homes
Six property owners with private wells are slated to receive bottled water after cancer-causing
chemicals were found in the groundwater near a manufacturer, according to a news release from
the state attorney general’s office.
Water samples collected in mid-May showed elevated levels of hazardous chemicals, including
trichloroethylene and vinyl chloride, in six private wells.
At least two of the wells had levels that exceeded groundwater quality regulations, the news
release said. The complete article can be viewed HERE.
Editor’s note -
There is no mention of vapor intrusion testing in the article which leads to this question:
When TCE levels in private wells or in groundwater exceed standards, should vapor intrusion
testing then be the next step? To answer this question and start a discussion please go to our
June 14, 2013 - Lead & TCE - Ithaca, NY
Groundwater Test Complicates Ithaca Gun Cleanup
The immediate objective is remediation in a portion of the L-shaped strip that abuts Lake Street
known as the western accessway. It’s known to be contaminated at levels exceeding safety
standards and is in a form and location that could expose people to hazards, mostly lead from the
gun factory days.
But lead is not the only known contaminant.
A May report from consultant Barton & Logudice of Syracuse said that one of several test wells
into the groundwater level detected trichloroethylene, known as TCE, downhill from the
immediate cleanup area. Further testing is needed, but a monitor is expected to be installed later
this summer. Complete article can be viewed HERE.
June 14, 2013 - TCE Update, Ozone Park, Queens, NY
Works Begins At End Zone Industrial Site
Work started this week on the controversial project to remove toxic chemicals from a former
industrial site in Ozone Park.
Ozone Industries placed drums in the ground below the bays that contained a chemical called
trichloroethylene, or TCE, a substance linked to some forms of cancer and problems of the
central nervous system. The chemical is used in aircraft manufacturing. Complete article can be
June 14, 2013 - TCE Vapor Intrusion Alert - Algona, WA
Boeing And State To Test For Vapor Intrusion
The chemical Drayton and other homeowners are worried about is TCE, or Tri-Chloro-Ethylene.
It's a powerful solvent Boeing used as a de-greasing agent in its former Auburn plant from 1966
until the early 80s. Complete article can be viewed HERE.
June 11, 2013 - TCE Contamination Update - Hopewell Junction, NY
No Funding For Municipal Water, EPA Says Deep Wells May Be A Solution
The Environmental Protection Agency is reaching out to homeowners with deep wells in the
Hopewell Precision Superfund site in the hopes of curing a problem that has existed for more
than a decade.
The agency wants to test the drinking water of any homeowners who may have dug wells at least
200 feet deep in recent years.
Some homeowners have done so to access uncontaminated water that would pass the town-
mandated well tests whenever a home is sold.
Complete article can be viewed HERE.
June 7, 2013 - Federal Register - EPA Peer Review And Public Comment
Trichloroethylene TSCA Chemical Risk Assessment
EPA's contractor, The Scientific Consulting Group (SCG), Inc., has identified a panel of
scientific experts to conduct peer review of EPA's draft Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
chemical risk assessment, “TSCA Workplan Chemical Risk Assessment for Trichloroethylene:
Degreaser and Arts/Crafts Uses.” EPA will hold three peer review meetings by web connect and
teleconference. EPA invites the public to register to attend the meetings as observers and/or
speakers providing oral comments during any or all of the peer review meetings as discussed in
this notice. The public may also provide comment on whether they believe the appearance of
conflict of interest exists for any proposed peer review panel expert.
The complete article from the Federal Register can be viewed HERE.
2010 - World Health Organization
WHO Guidelines for Indoor Air Quality
WHO indoor air quality guidelines for the following chemicals (highlighted are associated with
the NYAB site):
Benzene, Carbon Monoxide, Formaldehyde, Napthalene, Nitrogen Dioxide, Polycyclic Aromatic
Hydrocarbons, Radon, Trichloreoethylene, Tetrachloroethylene.
Complete WHO paper can be viewed HERE.
June 6, 2013 - Toxin Cleanup News - Bluefield, WV
Cooper Industries To Pay EPA $340,000 For Cleanup
Cooper Industries, a manufacturer of electrical products, will pay $340,000 to the federal
Environmental Protection Agency under a consent decree filed May 23.
The amount will reimburse the EPA for the costs it incurred cleaning up hazardous substances at
the Lin-Electric Superfund site in Bluefield. Cooper’s corporate predecessors used the facility
from 1924 to 1988 to rebuild electric motors and transformers used in coal mining.
According to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia,
the chemicals that were released or threatened to be released were Polychlorinated Biphenyls
(PCBs) and Trichloroethylene (TCE).
“PCBs and TCE were disposed of in the soils, drains, sludges, sumps and other features of the
site,” the complaint says. Complete article can be viewed HERE.
Editor’s note -
How does this compare to Watertown?
Pre-1970 disposal records are incomplete to non-existent. Prior to 1970 all liquid wastes were
poured into drains at the NYAB site which were then connected to the storm sewers which
emptied directly into Kelsey Creek.
From 1970 - 1977 wastes were disposed of by “pouring onto the ground” in the Industrial
Landfill. These include volatile organic chemicals such as TCE, Benzene, Toluene, Carbon
Tetrachloride as well as PCBs, Lead, Chromium & Cadmium. See the 1988 EPA Preliminary
There are many contaminated areas within the NYAB site which is why the documented disposal
records are labeled incomplete or non-existent by this web site.
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