Monday, August 31, 2015


On June 19, 2015, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) began excavation on Phase 1 of the soil remediation at the Royalton-Hartland (Roy-Hart) School Property. This soil removal is being conducted to remove arsenic contaminated soil associated with the FMC Corporation Site (FMC Site) located adjacent to the School Property. In May 2013, the NYSDEC issued a Statement of Basis associated with the FMC Site requiring cleanup of the Roy-Hart School Property where arsenic concentrations in the soil exceed the cleanup objective of 20 parts per million.

In early 2015 the NYSDEC worked with the Roy-Hart school district to identify the first phase of the cleanup. It was decided that the 2.6 acre JV field hockey field area located in the southeastern portion of the school property would be the first area addressed. On April 13, 2015 the Roy-Hart Board of Education voted to approve the remediation of the School property.

To date, the NYSDEC has removed over 11,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil. Excavation will be completed by September 4, 2015. Backfilling and restoration activities, consisting of backfilling the excavation area, properly grading the field for drainage and installing sod are currently ongoing. Final restoration returning the area to its current configuration as a field hockey field will be completed by the end of September 2015. The fields are expected to be ready for use in the fall of 2016.