DEC Reviews Gateway Lofts Brownfield Contamination Plan, Seeks Comment

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),sulphide of arsenic and sulphide of antimony in sulphide of ammonia and others were used and disposed of by dumping in the river or on the property . The plating department and brass coloring dept did not have proper ventilation so I would assume the walls and floors are permeated as well . We had many Tri clor spills I have shared this with CHC family and friends on FB so the folks that worked in those departments can comment . The snagging dept would have lead as well.,this from an anonymous source : I saw an article in the Post Journal about making the former CHC building a historical landmark. It brought to mind my early years at CHC in the plating dept, John Schauers and I did plating tank maintenance and when a solution became contaminated it was necessary to syphon out 10 % or more and dump it into the Chadaquin Creek. This was highly poisonous material and it was perfectly legal to do, Jamestown Electro Plating, and Cresent tool also did similar things. If it was a chrome plating solution the water turned a orange color and it would go from CHC to the Conewango, to the Allegheny and mix in with the Ohio and Mississippi. Shame on us but who knew,,, Hope they use the building for good causes… WNY News Now File Image.ALBANY – The State Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public comments on a plan to mitigate contamination on the site of the proposed Gateway Lofts Supportive Apartment site in Jamestown.“Based on the findings of the investigation, NYSDEC in consultation with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has determined that the site does pose 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 off-site migration of contaminants in the groundwater,” DEC officials said in a released statement.The mitigation plan includes excavation of the top two feet and/or to the depth of new development hardscape of impacted soil from the open areas next to the building and disposal of materials.Backfilling of the area with two feet of clean fill or hardscape. In addition there will be collection of additional subsurface soil samples in order to further determine the presence of other sources of contamination or underground storage tanks, installation of a sub-slab depressurization system to help eliminate vapors entering the building, excavation and removal of all underground storage tanks, excavation and disposal of an area of PCB contamination on the property, installation of a groundwater treatment system and removal and disposal of any sediment found within the building’s trenches and drains.The proposed remedy was developed by Southern Tier Environments for Living, Inc after performing a detailed investigation of the site under New York’s Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP).NYSDEC will consider public comments, revise the cleanup plan as necessary, and issue a final Decision Document.last_img read more

Turfgrass 101

first_imgThese grasses include annual rye, poa trivialis, creepingbentgrass, tall fescue and perennial rye.For more research-based information on turfgrass, visit www.georgiaturf.com orcontact your local UGA Cooperative Extension agent at1-800-ASK-UGA1.(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) Prefer warm to hot temperatures (80 to 95 degrees).Grow best in summer.Have extended winter dormancy.Have poor shade and winter tolerance. These types of grass include bermudagrass, St. Augustinegrass,centipedegrass, zoysiagrass and seashore paspalum.Cool-season grasses grow well during the cool months of springand fall when temperatures average 60-75 degrees. They mayundergo stress, become dormant or be injured during the hotmonths of summer and may require significantly more water thanthe warm-season grasses.Cool-season grasses: Prefer cool to warm temperatures (65 to 75 degrees).Grow best in the spring and fall.Have limited winter dormancy.Have good winter tolerance and adequate shade tolerance. By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity ofGeorgiaGeorgia’s plant hardiness zones cover a wide range, from thebalmy climate of Savannah to the exhausting heat of Valdosta tothe frigid temperatures of Blairsville. Because of Georgia’sclimate extremes, a grass like St. Augustinegrass that growsgreat in Tifton will have trouble surviving in Rome.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension experts have takenthe guesswork out of picking a good grass for your lawn. Use theguide below as you head to the lawn and garden store or beforeyou call a sod company.Warm-season grasses grow best during the warm months whentemperatures reach 80-95 degrees in the spring, summer and earlyfall. They grow vigorously during this time and become brown anddormant in the winter.Warm-season grasses:last_img read more

COVID-19: Jakarta prepares local quarantine scenario

first_imgThe Transportation Ministry is preparing a scenario for a local quarantine in Greater Jakarta to slow the spread of COVID-19, depending on a decision expected to be made at a Cabinet meeting scheduled for Monday, a ministry official said.Transportation Ministry land transportation director general Budi Setyadi said that the ministry, in coordination with the National Police’s traffic corps, had developed a plan including so-called “stopping posts” at toll gates and along other roads to and from Greater Jakarta. If a regional quarantine is enacted, the police at the posts will turn back those trying to enter or leave the city. “We have not ruled out the possibility [of a local quarantine], but the decision depends on the leaders,” Budi told The Jakarta Post on Sunday. “We are only acting as the implementer who creates the standard operating procedures and [plans] what the protocol will look like.”The government has already issued a warning discouraging people living in Greater Jakarta from leaving the city for their hometowns for the Idul Fitri mudik (exodus).However, many have ignored the warning. Central Java, for example, has reported thousands of mudik travelers arriving in the province, including in Jepara with 1,776 arrivals, Purwokerto with 2,323 and Wonogiri with 2,625 as of Tuesday.Central Java had reported 55 confirmed cases and seven deaths as of Saturday, the fifth highest number of cases of the country’s provinces. Read also: Greater Jakarta failing as floodgate to nationwide COVID-19 epidemic”After the meeting [on Monday], I do not know whether it will still be a stronger warning or a complete ban. It depends on the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister, [Luhut Binsar Panjaitan],” Budi said.Budi previously told reporters during an online press briefing on Friday that his ministry was ready to close the entrances to Greater Jakarta and other national roads. However, he said he had no knowledge about when the decision would be made.The Post has obtained a copy of a classified Jakarta Police telegram, dated March 28, ordering the closure of the city’s main roads.Jakarta Police spokesman, Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus, did not deny the authenticity of the telegram but said that the police were merely training for the possibility of a local quarantine.”We are still implementing physical distancing and social distancing, because there have yet to be any government regulations [requiring quarantine],” Yusri told the Post on Sunday. Indonesia had reported 1,155 confirmed COVID-19 nationwide as of Saturday, 627 of which were located in Jakarta. Sixty-two people have died of the disease in the capital, while 43 have recovered.While the total number of COVID-19 cases in Greater Jakarta is unclear, many of those who tested positive in other regions had recently traveled to Bogor and Bekasi, West Java, which is the province with the second-highest number cases in the country.Medical experts and COVID-19 volunteers have called on the government to implement local quarantines in virus-stricken areas such as Greater Jakarta. They say the government’s policy of physical distancing is not sufficient to contain the spread of the disease.The 2018 Health Quarantine Law stipulates that during public health emergencies, the central government can impose “regional quarantines” on areas that experience an outbreak of a disease. (dfr)Riza Roidila Mufti and Sausan Atika contributed to this story.Topics :last_img read more

President refuses to withdraw legal challenge

first_imgNo-confidence resolution meeting…Opposition Leader expects courts to accelerate hearings to prevent crisisBy Vahnu ManikchandThe much-anticipated meeting between Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and President David Granger on Wednesday was said to be a fruitful engagement during which the two sides entered into agreements on several areas including jointly approaching the courts to expedite the legal proceedings filed in reference to the no-confidence resolution.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo greeting President David Granger at the Ministry of the Presidency on WednesdayThis is after the Head of State insisted that his Administration will continue to pursue the legal proceedings, which challenges the validity majority of the 33 votes that was used to pass the motion instead of an “absolute majority” of 34.Speaking at a media briefing following the meeting, which lasted nearly 90 minutes, Jagdeo told reporters that Opposition sought clarity on whether Government would have accepted the constitutional provisions outlined in Articles 106 (6) and (7) of the Constitution.“The President said “No”, they will continue to pursue the legal route as a remedy to this situation,” the Opposition Leader revealed, while explaining however that “This legal remedy could take forever, it could take maybe a year and what happens in the meantime? We would have defeated, first of all, the purpose of the Constitution – the intent of [Article] 106 (6) and (7) – and what if at the end of the year, the court rules in our favour or two years, the court says yes it was validly upheld. So we made it clear that this legal situation, we don’t support it but that’s a reality because the Government will pursue it.”Accelerate processAgainst this backdrop, Jagdeo disclosed that he suggested during the meeting that the court be approached to expedite these matters so that there will be no breach of the Constitution which stipulates that elections beheld within three months of the passage of a motion of no-confidence.“That is one thing that I think we agreed on, that some approach could be made to the court jointly or through a public statement to have this matter expeditiously determined since the Government is going to pursue this remedy, it will not withdraw… So I expect if the court see that [urge to expedite from both sides] and they know this is a constitutional matter, and given what has happened in the region – we have had the CCJ (Caribbean Court of Justice) meeting over a weekend to resolve an issue in sever matters – we can deal with this issue continuously.”He added that Guyana’s case is not just an ordinary matter, “this is a question of the Constitution and also the timeline imposed by the Constitution is ticking and so the need for that urgency we’re pushing for must dawn on the court themselves… and now they’re getting the Government and the Opposition saying we want you to hear it continuously, expeditiously get the hearing so that we can move it and get that out of the way,” he posited.Govt’s renegingOn December 21, 2018, the Opposition’s No-confidence Motion against Government was passed after Alliance For Change (AFC) parliamentarian took a conscience decision and voted in favour of the motion. Following the passage both the President and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo had given assurances that the Administration will uphold the Constitution.Despite this commitment, Government went ahead and unsuccessfully sought to have the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, reverse his decision on the passage of the resolution.The Speaker acknowledged that while he does have the authority to revisit and reverse rulings in the National Assembly, he must always act in conformity with the Constitution.As such, Dr Scotland informed the chambers that their questions must first be settled outside of Parliament and that any court ruling would guide future actions of the House.Since the passage of the no-confidence resolution, Jagdeo has been calling for a meeting with the President to have talks on the way forward. On Wednesday, he posited that, though this engagement was held much later than anticipated it was nevertheless a good one.MeetingFor Wednesday’s highly anticipated meeting held at the Ministry of the Presidency, Jagdeo led the Opposition’s delegation which included some of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) top ranking members, most of whom are contending for the party’s position of Presidential Candidate. These include: Anil Nandlall, Dr Frank Anthony, Gail Teixeira and Irfaan Ali along with Juan Edghill, Pauline Sukhai and Odinga Lumumba.Meanwhile, the Government’s team led by President Granger included: Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Govt Chief Whip Amna Ally, Minister of State Joseph Harmon, Attorney General Basil Williams, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan.According to the Opposition Leader, during the meeting he raised several issues and reiterated his concerns about certain events taking place such as Government functioning as though nothing happened when in fact it should be operating in a caretaker role.However, he disclosed that President Granger responded saying that there is nothing like caretaker responsibility in the Constitution. At that point, Jagdeo said he reminded the coalition that it was A Partnership for National Unity and AFC who introduced the concept of “caretaker responsibility” back in 2014 when they were the combined parliamentary Opposition and had tabled a no-confidence motion against the Donald Ramotar regime.Nevertheless, in the end, a consensus was arrived on this matter.Strong and mature actions“The President made it clear that you cannot have a country without a Government and we agreed with this 100 per cent. And I made it clear that our job is not to stymy the functioning of the Government, and so where public order is concerned and public services etc, those have to continue,” the Opposition Leader stated.Furthermore, the two sides also shared the view that strong and mature actions from both the Government and Opposition is important to ensure that the Constitution is respected, and that confidence is given to the public about the country’s future.“I shared the President’s view that it was a good meeting and that both sides shared the view that we want stability in our country. We don’t want our country to go into a constitutional crisis. The President said he doesn’t want Guyana to be seen as a failed state… we don’t want the same. If we go pass the constitutional deadline that is where we’re headed. We don’t want that and we’re glad we had the meeting, although late. We will continue to work, hopefully, together to overcome some of these issues,” the Opposition Leader stated.Meanwhile, in a short video released by the Ministry of the Presidency moments after Wednesday’s meeting, President Granger called the meeting successful. He noted that it dealt widely with the functions of the National Assembly and the Government, noting that neither of the two important institutions – the Legislative and Executive branches – could be allowed to fail.“Both the Leader of the Opposition and the President are concerned about the situation. We would like to assure the public in Guyana that we’re working to solution which they will be satisfied with. The public interest in our paramount concern,” the Head of State asserted.last_img read more