Community Health & Safety

Community health and safety is an important focus of the Grasse River remediation project. Arconic has developed Community Health and Safety Plans with EPA and NYSDEC that describe the measures implemented to protect the surrounding community during work at the Secure Landfill on the Arconic Massena West property, construction of a staging area near the Route 131 bridge and within the river. You can view the Community Health and Safety Plans at the following links: secure landfill and river remediation. The Community Health and Safety Plans are specific to construction activities that may impact the community in 2019 and include noise and light controls, a traffic safety, boating and recreational safety, and an environmental monitoring plan.

Also note that the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has issued a fishing advisory for the lower Grasse River (eat no fish between the Grasse River mouth and Massena Power Canal). Details are available in the June 2019 Fish Advisory brochure and on the NYSDOH website.

Noise and Light Controls

Because noise may occur from the construction, Arconic is working with the contractor to limit the noise, as possible. Noise monitoring activities will be performed with results compared against U.S. EPA-approved criteria. Lighting will be needed for worker safety at the staging area.

Traffic Safety

The 2019 work will result in an increased level of truck traffic at and near the staging area, and everyone should exercise caution when driving near the Route 131 and County Route 42 area - see the map below. Arconic is working with the contractor and local authorities to limit the impact of construction on residents.

Truck Traffic Routes Site Map

Boating and Recreational Safety

Boaters and swimmers should stay clear of the barges and other equipment on the river during the work. The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has prepared a fact sheet to provide river recreation advice during construction activities. Please visit the NYSDOH website to read this fact sheet.


Environmental Monitoring Plan

Environmental monitoring includes water and air monitoring during construction. Air monitoring will include PCBs, dust, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) during intrusive activities as well as those that involve handling of PCB-containing materials. Water monitoring will include PCBs and solids sampling during all in-river work. Please note that there will be some water cloudiness during the in-river work, and these visible impacts will return to natural conditions after construction. All environmental monitoring results will be posted to the website.