continued Constantakes said it’s too soon to know if soil vapor intrusion is a threat, so identifying whether or not it’s a problem is the current task at hand. That is done by taking soil vapor samples, sub-slab samples and indoor and outdoor air samples.
“We can certainly minimize any potential health exposure,” said Constantakes.
Neighbors close to the site (homes exist as close as 400 to 500 feet from the site) might face potential health risks but the general public shouldn’t have to worry because the site is cordoned off preventing access to the site.
“People who do make a big effort to get access, that’s probably not a good idea,” said Constantakes.
If someone were to gain access to the fenced in site, they could contact contaminants in the soil by walking on the site or disturbing the soil.
The former Cleanerama site is about 0.9 aces of former retail-type “strip mall” that has been “regarded to soil and partial asphalt surface” with a few trees, according to the DEC. The site isn’t active but the surrounding parcels do have commercial use, including a nearby nursery school.