MARCY, NY (WUTR)--Mary's town supervisor said he is willing to go to court in an effort to prevent contaminated soil from being brought into the neighboring town of Deerfield.
"I'm trying to put some reality into why did they do it? What was the secrecy behind this whole thing?" Brian Scala, Marcy's Town Supervisor asked.
Scala is upset with the New York State Department of Transportation for planning to put contaminated soil from Utica's sewer storm water separation project onto state land in Deerfield that is located close to the Marcy town line. The land in Deerfield would be a temporary holding spot for the soil before it would be transported to a dump in Ava.
"Not having any input on this and Deerfield not having any input on this is totally wrong," Scala said.
NYSDOT has previously stated that the contaminated soil is not hazardous, and does not pose a threat to contaminating ground water.
In a statement, DOT says, "Local officials have been notified about the temporary staging area within NYSDOT ROW adjacent to the NYS Route 12 at the interchange with Glass Factory and Trenton Roads in the Town of Deerfield, Oneida County. All necessary safety and environmental measures are in place."
Approximately 40 trucks a day will be coming in and out of the site.
'They are going to dump 40 loads a day, well how long does that soil have to decontaminate before it now has to be loaded and removed?" Scala asked.
NYSDOT says that the soil will be at the staging area for 1-2 weeks before it will be brought to Ava.
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