State to replace soil at former gas plant in city

GLOVERSVILLE – The state Department of Environmental Conservation is accepting public comment on a proposal to replace soil and monitor ground water at a former manufactured gas plant that was in operation in the 1800s.

According to the DEC, the site is located at 7 Broadway St. where a predecessor to National Grid operated a manufactured gas plant from 1846 to 1900. The rectangular site is an open lot composed of grass and gravel parking on approximately one-fifth of an acre.

The former MGP operated at the site between 1846 and 1900, but by 1902, all the gas plant structures had been removed, making way for a lumber yard in 1905 that remained at the site until the 1980s, according to the DEC.

The site is inactive and is zoned for commercial use with surrounding parcels used for commercial and residential use. The nearest residential area is approximately 130 feet to the east.

The DEC said National Grid has agreed to investigate and clean up the site to a level that protects public health and the environment.

An investigation found contaminants in the soil, including coal tar, benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes, although the contamination poses limited risk to the public, the DEC?says. The chemicals are below ground and groundwater contamination is no issue.

The plans for the cleanup include removal of approximately 500 cubic yards of soil and a long-term groundwater monitoring program.

Buildings, pavement and sidewalks would be required as a site cover before commercial use of the site would be permitted.

A deed restriction to prevent the use of the site related to commercial, industrial and groundwater uses would be permitted.

According to a DEC news release, there are agreements or orders involving National Grid and five other utilities with plans to clean up 222 remaining manufactured gas-plant sites across the state.

Documents detailing the local plans are being kept at the Gloversville Public Library at 58 E. Fulton St.

Public comments will be accepted through Oct. 18.

The DEC?will consider any public comments as it finalizes the remedy for the site, according to the news release.

Residents with comments or questions are asked to send them to Scott Deyette, state Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233.

Comments also can be sent via email to