Superfund Information Systems: Site Profile

Superfund Site:

BLACK RIVER PCBS
TOWN OF CHAMPION, NY

Health & Environment

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What Are the Risks at the Site?

There is insufficient information available to determine the site-wide human exposure control status at the Black River PCBs site. Historical sampling events have shown that the sediments in a segment of the Black River (downstream of the town of Carthage, NY) contain elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls ( PCBs). The Black River is used for recreational purposes including boating and fishing. There is a concern that fish may be exposed to the contaminated sediments, and that this may pose a risk to human health through the consumption of fish. However, the Black River PCBs Site is not currently considered a risk for human exposure due to insufficient data. EPA has initiated remedial investigation activities at the site to further characterize the nature and extent of the contamination at the site and to prepare a risk assessment. EPA ensures community participation throughout the remedial process by meeting with residents and affected stakeholders, issuing public notices, and updating fact sheets. Additionally, an EPA Community Involvement Coordinator is assigned to the site and can address specific community concerns as they arise.  New York State Department of Health has issued a fish consumption advisory for the reach of the river encompassing the Black River PCBs site.

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Performance Measures

EPA uses performance measures to track environmental results at Superfund sites. If you have any questions or concerns about the measures at this site, please contact the site team members listed under Site Contacts.

Read more about Superfund Remedial Performance Measures.

Performance
Measure
Status at this
Superfund Site
What does this mean?
Human Exposure Under Control Insufficient Data Yes means assessments indicate that across the entire site:
  1. There are currently no unacceptable human exposure pathways; and
  2. EPA has determined the site is under control for human exposure.

No means an unsafe level of contamination has been detected at the site and a reasonable expectation exists that people could be exposed.

Insufficient data means that, due to uncertainty regarding exposures, one cannot draw conclusions as to whether human exposures are controlled, typically because:
  1. Response to the contamination has not begun; or
  2. The response has begun, but it has not yet generated information sufficiently reliable to evaluate whether there are currently any unacceptable human exposure pathways at the site.
Groundwater Migration Under Control Not a Groundwater Site

Yes means EPA reviewed all information on known and reasonably expected groundwater contamination. EPA concluded the migration of contaminated groundwater is stabilized and there is no unacceptable discharge to surface water. EPA will conduct monitoring to confirm that affected groundwater remains in the original area of contamination.

No means EPA has reviewed all information on known and reasonably expected groundwater contamination, and the migration of contaminated groundwater is not stabilized.

Insufficient data means that due to uncertainty regarding contaminated groundwater migration, EPA cannot draw conclusions as to whether the migration of contaminated groundwater is stabilized.

Construction Complete No

Yes means the physical construction of the cleanup is complete for the entire site.

No means either physical construction is not complete or actions are still needed to address contamination.

Sitewide Ready for Anticipated Use No Yes means:
  1. All cleanup goals affecting current and reasonably anticipated future land uses of the entire site have been achieved, so there are no unacceptable risks;
  2. All required land-use restrictions or other controls have been put in place; and
  3. The site has achieved Construction Complete status.

No means that one or more of these three criteria have not been met. However, a site listed as no may still have redevelopment occurring on portions of the site and may be eligible for additional redevelopment.

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