Environmental Testing Results – 12/3/19
At the Board of Education meeting held on November 19, 2019, representatives from AKRF, the district’s environmental consulting firm, presented results of environmental testing at Locust and Stewart schools. This testing was conducted out of an abundance of caution based on a community member’s concern about the Old Roosevelt Field Contaminated Groundwater Area Site and Pendaflex site’s proximity to the schools. The overall goal of the testing was to determine whether contaminants from the sites could seep through the soil through vapor intrusion into the schools.
Specifically, AKRF tested for tetrachloroethene (PCE) and trichloroethene (TCE), the primary contaminants of concern. At Stewart School, PCE and TCE were not detected in any samples. Two other chlorinated solvents not associated with the Superfund or Pendaflex sites were detected at trace levels below the New York State Department of Health Air Guidance Value and Soil Vapor Intrusion Matrix Value.
At Locust School, PCE and TCE were not detected in any of the first floor indoor air samples. PCE was detected in the indoor air samples collected from the basement storage room. The concentration detected was below the Air Guideline Value presented by the New York State Department of Health. Once we removed cleaning chemicals from the basement and ventilated the area, the indoor and soil vapor were resampled. Upon this retesting, PCE was not detected. It is important to note that moving forward, all cleaning and paint supplies will be in a securely tightened container or in an appropriate storage cabinet.
To summarize AKRF’s findings, there is no evidence of soil vapor intrusion at either school. We thank AKRF for their thorough work within our district. A full report of AKRF’s findings, as well as their presentation from the November 19 Board meeting, can be found below.
Update on Environmental Testing – 8/14/19
At the Board of Education meeting held on August 13, 2019 the Board of Education approved agreements with AKRF, an environmental consulting firm, and Twomey and Latham, environmental legal consultants. As residents may be aware, at the Board of Education meeting held in early June, representatives from AKRF reviewed a 2016 EPA report regarding the Old Roosevelt Field Contaminated Groundwater Area Site (a link to AKRF’s report, as well as their presentation to the Board) can be found below.
The presentation in June was in response to a community member’s concern about the Superfund Site’s proximity to Locust School and whether or not contaminants could seep through the soil through vapor intrusion.
In the report issued by AKRF, they noted that there was no need for further investigation by the school district. As our district has said previously, student and staff safety is our top priority. Due to this reason and out of an abundance of caution, the Board has approved further testing at Locust and Stewart.
We do not anticipate alarming results; however, we do believe that testing is a prudent and proactive step to take. Testing will be conducted in the next two months. Once the testing is complete, the findings will be presented at a public Board of Education meeting.