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June 13, 2013

Ticonderoga fined for oil spill

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She said the requirements include creating a secondary containment area for spills, plugging the floor drains at the highway garage, providing engineering plans for an above-ground oil-separation facility and sand trap at the garage and doing any ordered cleanup remediation.

Ticonderoga Town Highway Superintendent Michael Parent said the outside oil-storage tank and the surrounding area must be checked for past spills.

‘We have to pull the old (oil) tank out and test the ground. Everything has been done except the tank. We’re doing that now. 

“We have to have spill kits in the garage and for the equipment.”

Parent, who was not at the garage when the spill occurred, said he agrees with DEC’s report.

“Many of the things it recommends we are already doing,” he said.

EARLIER SPILL

This is the second time in the last three years that the town has been fined for spills at the highway garage on Racetrack Road.

In 2010, Ticonderoga paid a penalty of $11,000 and had to clean up contaminated soil at a dry well behind the highway garage and at the town’s winter salt pile.

In that incident, a DEC inspector found an old drain in the garage floor that led to a dry well outside the garage.

Although the drain and dry well dated from when the highway garage was built in 1953 and had not been used for decades, contamination was found in the soil around the garage.

The town was forced to pay about $250,000 to have 1,000 tons of contaminated soil removed and disposed of at a facility in western New York.

TAKING STEPS

Malaney said the fines this time could have been more than $500,000, and she appreciates the leniency DEC showed them.

“It (the fine) could have been much worse. But this is still something we cannot allow to happen. We are taking steps to make sure it does not ever happen again.”

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