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Lockheed Martin is involved in environmental remediation at a former manufacturing facility on French Road in Utica, N.Y. From the early 1950s through 1993, the General Electric Company (GE) manufactured, assembled and tested electrical components for the defense and aerospace industries at the French Road facility.
In 1993, Martin Marietta Corporation acquired the site, and two years later, it became a Lockheed Martin property when Martin Marietta and Lockheed Corporation merged to form Lockheed Martin. Lockheed Martin operated the facility until mid-1996. Lockheed Martin no longer owns the site, but it has retained responsibility for implementing environmental remediation at the facility.
Lockheed Martin’s remediation efforts include work at two locations at the facility: the West Lot Site, which has been under remediation since the early 1990s and is now being evaluated for closure within New York’s Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Site program, and the Solvent Dock Area, where Lockheed Martin currently is conducting an investigation to determine environmental conditions. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) are overseeing the work.
West Lot Site
The West Lot Site, which encompasses about two acres and is undeveloped, was used for waste disposal and fire training in the 1950s and early 1960s. Waste was burned in an 80-foot diameter pit. Extensive investigation of soil and groundwater was conducted in the early 1990s, and the results indicated the presence of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the soil and groundwater and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the soil. In 1994, in accordance with New York State requirements, soil from the burn pit area was excavated and placed into a containment cell as an interim remedial measure. Further excavation activities were conducted in 1999 to remove additional impacted soil from the former burn pit area, fully satisfying the soil remedy requirement in the Record of Decision and the Order on Consent issued byNYSDEC.
A groundwater extraction system was installed in 2001 and became fully operational in 2002. An extraction well pumped water from the burn pit area to a groundwater collection and treatment unit. The treatment unit removed VOCs from the extracted groundwater with an air stripper prior to discharge to the municipal storm sewer. Continued groundwater monitoring indicated a residual source of impact to groundwater. Further soil removal in the burn pit area was conducted in 2005 to enhance the groundwater cleanup. Concentrations in groundwater dropped off rapidly after the 2005 removal. The extraction well was shut down in January 2007, and the site is now being evaluated for closure within New York’s Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Site program. The site is listed as a Class 4 site, which is considered properly closed but requiring continued management.
Solvent Dock Area
In the mid-1990s, Lockheed Martin determined that industrial chemicals (solvents) from the Solvent Dock Area in the rear of the French Road building were moving through groundwater and entering the storm sewer system. Lockheed Martin installed a groundwater treatment system, which is still in operation and continues to meet all regulatory standards. Lockheed Martin is conducting a comprehensive remedial investigation to determine environmental conditions at the site, develop a plan to remediate the site if necessary, and implement a cleanup. NYSDEC issued an Order on Consent to Lockheed Martin effective October 3, 2008. The Order identifies areas of concern and requires the completion of certain investigation work, the development of proposed corrective measures, and the implementation of those measures after approval by NYSDEC.