Genesee Valley Metal Finishing

Rochester, NY - Region II

 

Site Contact:

Terry Kish
On-Scene Coordinator

Kish.Terry@epa.gov

242-244 Verona Street
Rochester, NY 14608
response.epa.gov/GVMF

Latitude: 43.1615258
Longitude: -77.6231888

On January 17, 2020, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) forwarded information to EPA about the Site, for which, a formal referral is forthcoming to consider the Site for an Emergency Removal Action. EPA and the Superfund Technical Assessment and Response Team (START) contractor conducted an initial assessment at the Site on January 29, 2020. The assessment identified the following conditions present within the facility:

A large dilapidated waste water treatment system containing approximately 1,000 gallons of partially treated plating solutions and several tons of plating sludge;
• Approximately 25 poorly labeled drums and totes believed to contain hazardous plating solutions;
• Containers without lids containing incompatible unknown liquids (pH 1-14) stored together;
• Incompatible lab reagents stored together (Potassium Cyanide and Sulfuric acid);
• Approximately 15 plating vats containing caustic and acidic plating solutions;
• Approximately 70 plating vats which contain hazardous residues/rainwater;
• Badly deteriorated roof which is allowing water to enter the building;
• Substantial roof leaks in the vicinity of the waste water treatment system which was causing spilled hazardous plating sludge (F006) to migrate outside of the facility;
• Field characterization tests performed by START confirmed the presence of liquids inside the facility with a pH>12.5, pH<2.




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