CANANDAIGUA — The state Department of Environmental Conservation and Health Department have teamed up to produce a plan to remediate soil contamination at or near the former Labelon plant at 10 Chapin St.
The two state agencies drafted a plan after an investigation of contamination at the vacant site determined that it poses a significant threat to public health or the environment.
“This decision is based on the nature of the existing contaminants identified at the site and the potential for human exposure to site-related contaminants through soil vapors,” the DEC Region 8 office in Avon said in a fact sheet.
The area of concern is separate from the Brownfield Cleanup Program site already designated at 10 Chapin St. It means the Labelon contamination may have migrated to a nearby area.
The remedial plan includes these steps:
• Any off-site buildings impacted by contaminants emanating from the main site would be offered a sub-slab depressurization system or other acceptable measure, to address exposures related to soil vapor intrusion.
• A site management plan will be implemented and provided for long-term management of contamination that remains after the remedy is in place.
• A monitoring plan to assess the performance and effectiveness of the remedy.
The primary contaminants of concern at the site are volatile organic compounds, which are present in groundwater, soil vapor and indoor air samples both on and off the site.
The brownfield site is said to be about 1.63 acres in size and includes a four-story masonry and brick building with a total floor area of 79,800 square feet.
Undeveloped portions of the site include gravel and asphalt parking areas and driveways, and limited vegetative cover on isolated locations throughout the property.
The property is bound on the east and south by commercial properties. Canandaigua City Hall is located on the north, while residences border it on the north, south and west.
More than 100 years of industrial use at 10 Chapin St. included a coal yard, a corset factory and a bicycle factory. Most recently, Labelon, a manufacturer of transparency film and pressure sensitive labels, operated at the plant from 1960 to the early 2000s.
The next step in the process will be the DEC accepting public comment. The remediation plan could be revised as needed. The State Health Department must concur with the proposed remedy.
Locally, project documents are available at the Wood Library, 134 N. Main St., Canandaigua. Documents also are available at www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/37556.html.