Tuesday, June 10, 2008

"Orange Goo" at Saugerties Village Landfill

See photos taken recently 05/2008 below:

"Orange Goo" found by NYS DEC Region 3 Solid Waste (Landfill) Inspector at Village of Saugerties Landfill on Ulster Avenue. A "Significant Impact" was determined by visual inspection and remediation will be required. Village Mayor Yerrick recently relieved neighboring property owner of $17,000.00 in back taxes and passed a law to purchase part of neighbor's contaminated property this past March. Village Board Meeting resulted in no plan of action or report made to DEC officials concerning the "Iron Floc" that colored the water flowing from underneath the landfill.

Below is the unedited DEC report -

Facility Name/Location:
Village of Saugerties Landfill, Ulster County

Date of Site Visit:
May 7, 2008

DEC Staff Present:
J. Giordano

Persons Interviewed:

Background Information:
This inactive landfill was used by residents of the Village of Saugerties
for disposal of solid waste beginning in 1969. It is not known when
regular disposal activities ceased at the landfill, however a review of
DEC records indicate that the landfill was operating as late as 1978.
There are several monitoring wells situated at the landfill site, however
the details of their construction and the current subsurface condition of
the wells are also not known. Additionally, the size of the landfill is
unknown however, based on topography and vegetation is estimated as
approximately 7 acres. The landfill is located at 169 Ulster Ave. (NY-
32) and is adjacent to the defunct “Weekend Liquidators” warehouse

Purpose of Site Visit:
This inspection was conducted in response to a complaint received by
DEC from a member of the local community.

See attached photos.

Required Follow-up:
Violations of 6 NYCRR Part 360 (New York State Solid Waste
Management Facility Regulations) were noted during this inspection
pertaining to the following: presence of exposed solid waste,
unauthorized disposal of solid waste, and uncontrolled discharge of
solid waste leachate to surface water. Solid waste staff will transmit this
inspection report to the Village and begin discussions on corrective
actions which must be taken to address the regulatory violations at the

Report Prepared by:
J. Giordano

Report Date:
May 12, 2008

Figure 1: This photo depicts the plateau of a landfill which is designated as “ADDITIONAL LANDFILL AREA” on the included site map. The area, approximately less than one acre, appears to have been covered with crushed shale at some time in the past. The plateau is relatively clear of woody vegetation however the surface is not properly graded to encourage proper drainage of stormwater. Additionally, the crushed stone provides a pathway for infiltration of stormwater into the waste mass.

Figure 2:
The orange deposits seen in this photo are iron flocs which are typically associated with surficial discharges of landfill leachate or leachate-impacted groundwater. There is a spring emanating from the toe of the slope of the additional landfill area (inset photo) which is the source for this large area of iron floc deposition. At the time of the inspection, this particular spring exhibited a very high flowrate. Also note the eroded slope and exposed solid waste in the foreground and in the inset photo. It is possible that the source of the spring is a damaged drainage structure or natural groundwater discharge area.

Figure 3:
The side slope of the additional landfill area has eroded, uncovering solid waste including but not limited to household garbage, furniture, lumber and concrete.

Figure 4:
The Village operates a yard waste management area on the footprint of the old Village landfill. This area includes an active street sweepings landfilling operation, storage areas for yard waste, as well as recently deposited solid waste including furniture, tires, garbage, and construction & demolition debris. There is spring and associated area of iron floc deposition emanating from the toe of the landfill.

Figure 5: The southern portion of the Iron floc deposition area (wetland) extends South to Route NY-32.