EPA continued with the soil investigation of the Little River bottom. Normandeau Environmental continued to conduct vibracore drilling operations. They resumed their track from yesterday finishing the borings downstream along the center of the channel near the culvert bridge. The drillers then focused on collecting borings towards the north bank, placing borings every 100 ft. then 200 ft further upstream. The drillers completed the borings along the north bank and began placing borings along the southern bank. The drillers encountered frequent refusal while drilling along the southern bank. A total of 16 cores were extracted today.
The mobile lab which is being utilized by EPA ERT / SERAS was moved near the red building / ERRS storage building. Cores extracted from the river were field screened for VOCs using a TVA-1000, using the PID and FID. Soils were identified and then placed in jars where they were analyzed in the mobile lab for TPH analysis. Some samples will be shipped for analytical confirmatory analysis.
ERRS continued to remove soil along the bank of the Little River segregating the clean soil from the contaminated and placing in the appropriate staging area. Sections of the sorbent boom along the bank of the Little River had to be repositioned.Dust controls were enforced throughout the day. The water truck sprayed down the main access roads.
Town officials from the Clifton-Fine office and the NY State DEC were onsite to take a look at progress at the J&L Steel Site. A tour of the site was given showing the areas of concern at the Site as well as the drilling activities.