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Site Report: McCall Property


Site Name: McCall Property
Address: Bethany St. & Frontage Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99701
File Number: 100.23.025
Hazard ID: 718
Status: Active
Staff: Janice Wiegers, 9074512127 janice.wiegers@alaska.gov
Latitude: 64.797229
Longitude: -147.545033
Horizontal Datum:NAD27


We make every effort to ensure the data presented here is accurate based on the best available information currently on file with DEC. It is therefore subject to change as new information becomes available. We recommend contacting the assigned project staff prior to making decisions based on this information.


Problems/Comments

Site of military bunker 1957 to 1961. Surplus/salvage site operated by present owner from 1978 to 1983. Gravel pit filled with miscellaneous solid waste, including an unknown number of barrels, in early 1970s. Barrel contents unknown. Crushed 5 gallon cans labeled "malathion" also present. Extent of contamination unknown. Some removal of materials in 1986. Contamination known to remain as of 12/89. EPA ID #AKD981767080. John McCall might also be reached in Winnipeg, Canada at (204) 489-8376. Last staff assigned were J. Janssen, Mach, Basketfield, . (rpltr2) (ajc) (sps)



Action Information

Action Date Action Description DEC Staff
9/12/1983 Update or Other Action (Old R:Base Action Code = FI - Field Inspection (General)). J. Mach performed surface water grab sample. Noted odor of sewage and that raw sewage and dead animals are suspected to be in the water. Results from analysis for trihalomethane and purgeable aromatics not obtained due to matrix interferences. Jeff Mach
9/29/1986 Interim Removal Action Approved (Old R:Base Action Code = SC - Site Control (Emergency Response)). North Star fire department responded to fire on the site. Fire was subject to a burn permit obtained by Mr. B. Karl of K&K Recycling. Mr. Karl was contracted to remove salvageable materials and clean up the site. No Longer Assigned
9/30/1986 Update or Other Action (Old R:Base Action Code = CORR - Correspondence (General)). Action by FSNB. Letter received at NRO 10/02/86, from Dick Jackson FSNB to state Fire Marshall and AGO concerning burning by Bernie Karl on the site. Dan Basketfield
9/30/1986 Update or Other Action (Old R:Base Action Code = RECN - Site Reconnaissance (CS)). Site reconnaissance by Jeff Mach, photos note large amounts of debris, and broken 5 gallon cans of "Malathion (cythion)" on site. Jeff Mach
10/2/1986 Notice of Violation NOV 86-3-1-6-274-2 issued by J. Coutts for burning of hydrocarbons and urethane products on 9/29/86 in violation of Air Quality Control regulations. NOV also issued to B. Karl. No Longer Assigned
10/2/1986 Update or Other Action (Old R:Base Action Code = RECN - Site Reconnaissance (CS)). Site reconnaissance, photographs by Jeff Mach. Jeff Mach
10/9/1986 Update or Other Action (Old R:Base Action Code = FI - Field Inspection (General)). Sampled water in gravel pit. Results indicate and estimated 23 ppb phenol, 80 ppb methyl phenols, 16 ppb benzoic acid and 31 ppb trichlorofluoromethane. Additional analyses detected 150 ppb acetone, 94 ppb trichloroethane, 13 ppb benzene, 590 ppb toluene, 30 ppb ethylbenzene and 125 ppb xylenes. Jeff Mach
12/1/1986 Update or Other Action (Old R:Base Action Code = RAPR - Remedial Action Plan Review (CS)). Draft monitoring plan for former McCall property. No Longer Assigned
3/31/1987 Update or Other Action (Old R:Base Action Code = MS - Monitoring/Sampling). Water samples obtained from 5 local residential wells and well questionnaire completed. Analyses detected 0.9 ppb trichloroethene (TCE) in sample from Eskimo Museum and 20 ppb in sample from RAL Mechanical. Residents notified of results. Sampling QA plan dated January 1987. No Longer Assigned
4/1/1987 Update or Other Action (Old R:Base Action Code = SA1 - Phase I Site Assessment (General)). Sampling of six nearby drinking water wells found that two of them has "low concentrations" of trichloroethene. It was speculated by Jeff Mach, EFO, that contaminants were due to McCall's pond and nearby solid Wastes. contaminated wells were at "R-A-L Mechanical" (2mg/l), and "Eskimo Museum" (0.9mg/l). Dan Basketfield
8/18/1988 Preliminary Assessment Approved Ecology and Environment performed "Preliminary Assessment Report for McCall Property, Fairbanks, Alaska, March 1989". Dan Basketfield
3/1/1989 Preliminary Assessment Approved Study by Ecology and Environment. Included inventory of wells within 3 mile radius of site. Concluded property has low potential for affecting nearby groundwater sources. No Longer Assigned
4/28/1989 Site Characterization Report Approved (Old R:Base Action Code = SI - Site Investigation). National Bank of Alaska contracted Shannon and Wilson to perform an environmental assessment. Study involved 3 soil borings and installation of monitoring wells; on-site groundwater, surface water and soil sampling; sampling nearby drinking water wells; a survey of barrels in the gravel pit; and barrel sampling. The water in the gravel pit exceeded the MCL for benzene and proposed MCL for toluene. The bottom sediment in the gravel pit exceeded ADEC cleanup guidelines. Contents of two of the ten sampled barrels were characterized hazardous waste. A total of 75 barrels were found in the survey. Trichloroethene was detected in 3 off-site drinking water wells at concentrations up to 29 ppb (greater than MCL). It is thought that contamination of the nearby wells is linked to the site. No Longer Assigned
5/17/1989 Update or Other Action (Old R:Base Action Code = CORR - Correspondence (General)). Letter from to John McCall, Lorimar, Iowa, requesting that he conduct a sampling program, provide corrective action plan, resample domestic wells in the area. Letter sent certified and returned to sender unclaimed by addressee. William McGee
7/19/1989 Meeting or Teleconference Held Doug Lowery contacted John McCall by phone when in Fairbanks, (see file for conversation notes). McCall left son's telephone #204-895-0233 in Winnipeg, Canada. McCall noted that he resides in Canada and does business there. Doug Lowery
9/7/1989 Update or Other Action (Old R:Base Action Code = SA2 - Phase II Site Assessment (General)). Rich Cormack received "Environmental Assessment, J. McCall Property, 7 Mile Richardson Highway", by Shannon and Wilson, Inc., dated 12-4-89. Water in north pit exceeds toluene MCL. Pit sediment hot for toluene and xylene. Trichloroethene found in three off site wells above MCL. Two barrels of "hazardous waste" found. Conducted aerial photo and historical review, installed three monitor wells. Rich Cormack
2/5/1990 Site Characterization Report Approved (Old R:Base Action Code = SA2R - Phase II SA Review (CS)). Reviewed S&W environmental assessment dated 12-4-89. Pit sediments show toluene, xylene. Pit waters show toluene and chlorinated solvent compounds, borings show VOCs, offsite wells show chlorinated solvent compounds. Dan Basketfield
12/11/1990 Site Ranked Using the AHRM Initial ranking. No Longer Assigned
6/23/1992 Update or Other Action (Old R:Base Action Code = RPL2 - Site Information Request Letter). Sent NRO's 1st RP Database Notification letter to John McCall, but Certified return receipt requested RP letter came back to ADEC unclaimed. P.O. Box 23, Lorimar, IA 50149 was not good address (RP). Jeff Peterson
1/25/1994 Site Added to Database Multiple contaminants. No Longer Assigned
4/18/1994 Meeting or Teleconference Held Meeting was held with John Manley concerning the status of site remediation plans for the McCall Property. Recent phone conversations indicate that the Manley may be interested in becoming the property owner in exchange for conducting site remediation. Conversations with Mr. Mecca indicate he is interested in having the property remediated. Future meeting with all parties involved awaits Mr. McCall's return to Fairbanks. Ron McCallister
7/27/1994 Update or Other Action (Old R:Base Action Code = RECN - Site Reconnaissance (CS)). Shannon and Wilson started installation of well probes to delineate contamination and further characterize the site. Kalu Kalu
8/15/1994 Long Term Monitoring Established (Old R:Base Action Code = MS - Monitoring/Sampling). Shannon and Wilson completed first round of sampling of well probes. Level of contamination is fairly high. Additional probes will be installed towards the holder property. Kalu Kalu
4/28/1995 Update or Other Action Shannon and Wilson report Environmental Assessment Mecca Property identifies two potential TCE source areas: one on the Holder Property and the other close to the Mecca/Holder property line. Douglas Bauer
10/31/1995 Update or Other Action Shannon and Wilson report Interim Report Six Mile Richardson Highway Groundwater Assessment identifies contaminated wells extending from the Mecca/Holder properties to the northwest to Six Mile Village Subdivision. TCE plume is 1.1 mile long, 1/4 mile wide, and 100 feet deep. TCA plume closely corresponds to TCE plume. Localized benzene plume in Six Mile Village Subdivision. For both residential and monitoring wells, TCE detected in 51 wells, TCA in 40 wells, benzene in 19 wells. TCE at or above 70% MCL in 17 residential wells (additional two business wells above MCL), and benzene above MCL in 4 residential wells. Douglas Bauer
12/4/1995 Update or Other Action Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) conducts Health Consultation based on 10/31/95 sampling results. Concurs with ADEC's short- and long-term approaches. Douglas Bauer
1/15/1996 Update or Other Action ADEC provides $25,000 grant to the Fairbanks North Star Borough for residential filter systems for 17 impacted residents. Douglas Bauer
3/27/1996 Update or Other Action 17 residents who had either TCE or benzene above 3.5 ppb were provided up to $2500 grants from FNSB to upgrade or install filter systems. Douglas Bauer
8/15/1996 Update or Other Action EPA performs a removal action at the north pit area. Remnants of over 1000 55 gallon drums were excavated. Douglas Bauer
12/31/1996 Update or Other Action Shannon and Wilson report Interim Report on Source Area investigation identifies low concentration levels of PCE in soil and petroleum products in soil and groundwater during installation of MW-21 in northwest corner of Mecca property. Based on area-wide groundwater data, potential source areas identified near the Mecca/Holder property (TCE), on the Holder property (TCE), on Walks property (TCE/TCA) and in vicinity of Walsky/6 Mile Truck Shop property line. Douglas Bauer
2/4/1997 Update or Other Action (Old R:Base Action Code = FI - Field Inspection (General)). Samples obtained to evaluate fire fighter exposure indicated trichloroethylene, trichloroethane, and tetrachloroethylene in soil and pond water. Malathion also found in samples of liquid from cans labeled "cythion", pond water and soil. Bogus action date entered for this action because there was none. Action reflects date action was entered. No Longer Assigned
10/23/1997 Update or Other Action ATSDR issues follow-up health consultation to 1995 study. ATSDR evaluates long-term monitoring data and still concurs with ADEC strategy. Recommends notifying residents to maintain filter systems. Douglas Bauer
8/24/1998 Site Characterization Workplan Approved Shannon and Wilson publishes final site characterization workplan as part of area-wide site investigation. Douglas Bauer
4/5/1999 Update or Other Action Shannon and Wilson publishes interim report on 1998 - 1999 field work. Low level TCA plume originating at former north pit area extending off site. UST beneath shop building leaked in past causing localized DRO soil and groundwater contamination. DRO in groundwater near UST is twice cleanup level, however groundwater on site does not exceed MCLs for any compounds. No TCE source area identified on Mecca property. Douglas Bauer
9/1/1999 Update or Other Action Shannon and Wilson begins re-sampling of residential wells in plume area. Douglas Bauer
10/16/1999 Meeting or Teleconference Held Public workshop held to discuss potential remediation options for TCE sources on Holder Property and TCE/TCA sources on Walks Property. Douglas Bauer
10/21/1999 Meeting or Teleconference Held Workshop material presented at Badger Richardson Safe Water Association monthly meeting. Douglas Bauer
12/22/1999 Meeting or Teleconference Held Meeting with Shannon and Wilson. Re-evaluating options to characterize LUST beneath northern shop building to estimate nature and extent of soil contamination. Douglas Bauer
1/5/2000 Update or Other Action Shannon and Wilson's report of long-term groundwater monitoring and evaluation of natural attenuation issued. Copies sent to Juneau and Anchorage offices. TCE concentration levels are decreasing in some wells, remaining stable or slightly increasing in others. Some evidence of natural attenuation. Douglas Bauer
2/17/2000 Meeting or Teleconference Held Met with Badger Richardson Safe Water Association board members Rick Van Hatten, Colleen Van Hatten, and Wayne Grieme. Discussed remedial alternative screening reports, $150K CIP request for AS/SVE feasibility studies on Walks and Holder properties, long-term groundwater monitoring and natural attenuation evaluation report, and September 1999 residential well results. Douglas Bauer
4/20/2000 Meeting or Teleconference Held Meeting with Shannon and Wilson to review upcoming field season work. Douglas Bauer
3/15/2002 Meeting or Teleconference Held Meeting with Arvil Stills of L&A Construction, new owner of the site, and consultant Oil Spill Technology to discuss removal of UST and cleanup of petroleum contamination. Douglas Bauer
7/10/2002 GIS Position Updated Changed the Latitude, Longitude, Method Accuracy, Accuracy and Unit fields. Heather Goldman
7/12/2002 Meeting or Teleconference Held Meeting to discuss UST removal, site assessment, and remediation. Report received. Douglas Bauer
12/28/2004 Update or Other Action Interim Summary Report, 2004 Long-term ground water monitoring received. Douglas Bauer
12/30/2004 Update or Other Action Water sampling results received from Shannon and Wilson and mailed to residences that participated in 2004 sampling. Twelve residences were sampled; four residences (1357 Leslie, 1319 Smithson, 1345 Smithson, 853 Conley) either refused sampling or could not be contacted after repeated attempts. Douglas Bauer
1/5/2005 Update or Other Action Completed draft of 2004 fact sheet for Six Mile area and forwarded to L. Johnson for review. Douglas Bauer
1/11/2005 Update or Other Action The residential well sampling results were mailed to the participants for the Six Mile Richardson ground water monitoring program. Douglas Bauer
1/12/2005 Update or Other Action A request for proposal was forwarded to L. Johnson for the installation of a water treatment system at 1378 Smithson Street. Douglas Bauer
1/19/2005 Update or Other Action 2004 (FY05) Fact Sheet mailed and forwarded for posting on site summaries web-page. Douglas Bauer
1/21/2005 Update or Other Action Dennis Gentleman telephoned to discuss scheduling difficulties & state that carbon filter in treatment system at 1366 Sloan had been changed. Douglas Bauer
2/1/2005 Update or Other Action Received Shannon & Wilson report titled " Long-term Ground Water Monitoring Six Mile Richardson Highway, Fairbanks, Alaska." Douglas Bauer
3/2/2005 Update or Other Action The water quality results for 1378 Smithson were returned in the mail as undeliverable because of no mail box. The results were sent to Mr. Curtis & Shana McNeal at 1370 Smithson the registered owners of the property. A check with the Fairbanks North Star Borough (database query and telephone call by Mitzi Read) found 1370 Smithson as the only valid mailing address. The water quality results were hand delivered by Mr. Douglas Bauer on 3/2/2005. There was no one home at a green house trailer at 1378 Smithson at the time so the results were left in the front door sill. The residence at 1378 Smithson qualifies for a water treatment system since the TCE concentration is 4.0 µg/L which is above the 3.5 µg/L water treatment criterion. The TCE increase is statistically significant based on previous sampling. Douglas Bauer
3/2/2005 Update or Other Action A gentlemen interested in purchasing property at the corner of Warner Road and the Old Richardson Highway visited the office. He was interested in ground water contamination in the Six Mile area. He was given two color prints of the ground water plume from the contaminated sites site summary page. The property in question has not been impacted by the Six Mile ground water plume; he was advised to test the drinking water anyway because of other unknown sources in the area. Douglas Bauer
7/5/2005 Update or Other Action Received electronic copy of January 2005 long-term ground water monitoring report from Shannon & Wilson. Douglas Bauer
7/6/2005 Update or Other Action Received a telephone call from Ms. Colleen Conley. She was interested in testing her new wells located on Westcott Avenue. Mr. Conley was advised that her properties were outside of the TCE ground water plume. She could test for TCE and daughter products and BTEX using EPA Method 8260 or EPA Method 524 (VOCs). Douglas Bauer
9/6/2005 Update or Other Action The fiscal year 2006 (2005 calendar year) request for proposal for the Six Mile annual ground water monitoring was forwarded to ADEC contracting for processing. Douglas Bauer
9/12/2005 Update or Other Action Updated schedule on FY 2006 (2005 calendar year request for proposal. Douglas Bauer
9/19/2005 Update or Other Action Prepare response fund site summary and email to Jim Frechione. Douglas Bauer
9/27/2005 Update or Other Action Completed NTP funding approval form and forwarded to Rich Sundet Douglas Bauer
10/19/2005 Update or Other Action Meeting with Mr. A. Still representing Mid City Enterprises, new owner of the McCall Property, and ADEC personnel D. Bauer, S. Bainbridge, and J. Frechione to discuss PPA. Douglas Bauer
10/19/2005 Update or Other Action The date of the land transfer from John McCall to Mid City Enterprises LLC was 8/24/2000. Deborah Williams
11/1/2005 Update or Other Action Updated attachment A/B for prospective purchase agreement and forwarded to attorney general's office for review. Douglas Bauer
11/15/2005 Update or Other Action Received DOL reviewed draft of prospective purchase agreement. Some minor revisions required. Douglas Bauer
11/16/2005 Update or Other Action Telephone call from Arvil Still. Informed Arvil that PPA should be available the week of November 21st. Douglas Bauer
11/29/2005 Update or Other Action Received PPA and attachments from AG's office. Telephoned Arvil Still and left message that PPA is ready for his review. Douglas Bauer
11/30/2005 Update or Other Action PPA was picked up by Mr. Arvill Still for his review and signature. Douglas Bauer
12/7/2005 Update or Other Action Telephone call from Arvill Still requesting a meeting with Bainbridge and Frechione concerning PPA. Douglas Bauer
12/19/2005 Update or Other Action Letter sent to Arvil Still summarizing meeting with Frechione. ADEC agreed to modify Attachment A and B to PPA and provide other guidance. Douglas Bauer
1/10/2006 Update or Other Action Letter sent to Mr. Arvil Still with revised Attachment A and B to PPA. Douglas Bauer
5/8/2006 Update or Other Action Conducted a file review in response to Hannah Lager's email concerning missing contaminants of concern (CoCs). DRO added as CoC. Douglas Bauer
5/11/2006 Update or Other Action Mr. Arvil Still hand-delivered a response to ADEC's 1/10/06 letter. Douglas Bauer
5/15/2006 Update or Other Action Reviewed sampling data for land-farmed soil. On May 11, 2006 Mr. Arvil Still hand-delivered a letter in which he agreed to the ground water monitoring schedule discussed in a December 15, 2005 meeting with ADEC and memorialized in ADEC’s December 19, 2006 letter. Mr. Still also furnished soil sampling data for the land-farmed soils (70 cubic yards). At the time of the December 15th meeting, he stated that the soil met cleanup standards and he would have to contact the estate of John Jannsen to get the data. Unfortunately there is a problem with the data. Based on the quantity of excavated soil, the regulations require three samples plus a duplicate. Mr. Still could only provide two samples with no duplicate. One of supplied samples meets the 250 mg/Kg standard at 82.1 mg/Kg while the second sample exceeds the standard at 283 mg/Kg. Without a duplicate sample, the precision of the submitted samples can not be assessed. I recommend that Mr. Still re-sample the land-farmed soil according to regulations. With an acceptable measure of precision, then the three samples could be averaged in a technically defensible manner. Douglas Bauer
5/18/2006 Update or Other Action Meeting with J. Frechione. Additional sampling of stockpile soil is not required. Letter mailed to Mr. Arvil Still with soil sampling determination and tranmitted another copy of PPA. Douglas Bauer
5/30/2006 Update or Other Action Received signed copy of PPA from Mr. Still. Forwarded it to Jim Frechione for necessary signature. Douglas Bauer
6/12/2006 Update or Other Action Received signed "notice of PPA" from Mr. & Mrs. Still. In Jim Frechione's absence, forwarded the signed PPA and Notice to Steve Bainbridge. Douglas Bauer
6/19/2006 Update or Other Action Received ground water monitoring sampling plan via email. Douglas Bauer
6/26/2006 Update or Other Action Approved ground water monitoring sampling plan Douglas Bauer
6/27/2006 Update or Other Action Signed Notice of Prospective Purchase Agreement sent to Fairbanks Recorders office by Breck Tostevin. Douglas Bauer
6/27/2006 Institutional Control Record Established The PPA establishes the following ICs and monitoring requirements: 1. MW-22 will be sampled for DRO on 5 year basis, until below cleanup levels. Next sampling event to occur in 2011. 2. Existing monitoring wells to be maintained by owner until written DEC approval to decommission. 3. DEC must be notified if soil within 100ft radius of MW-21 is to be excavated because soil samples from a depth of 7.5-9.5 ft indicate PCE and benzene were above cleanup levels (0.62 and 0.11 mg/kg respectively). 4. Groundwater use and activities that disturb the existing contamination are prohibited without written approval from DEC. 5. DEC is granted access to the property to conduct investigation and complete ongoing groundwater monitoring for the area-wide 6-mile TCE groundwater investigation Douglas Bauer
7/7/2006 Update or Other Action Received ground water sampling results from Travis Peterson Consulting. DRO detected at 62.8 mg/L in MW-22 (cleanup level is 1.5 mg/L). Travis Peterson did not collect a duplicate sample as required by regulation. Douglas Bauer
4/16/2008 Update or Other Action PM changed to Farris Ann Farris
4/16/2008 Exposure Tracking Model Ranking Initial ranking with ETM completed. Ann Farris
5/30/2014 Update or Other Action Reviewed file and updated with physical address, plat map, and lot map from FNSB. Current property owner was also reviewed/confirmed. 5/30/14; LAG. Laurel Gale
6/2/2014 Update or Other Action Contacted owners consultant to inquire about future work to complete PPA requirements. Consultant indicated owner believed he had already met all requirements. Laurel Gale
2/17/2016 Update or Other Action Meet with Sarah Schacher and Robert Effinger of ADOT to discuss roadwork planned for the Frontage Road and Davison Street Right of Way. ADOT plans some shallow excavation in the road bed of the Frontage Road, and will need to decommission MW-21 at the northwest corner of the McCall property. Institutional controls on the site require coordination with DEC before excavating soils within 100 feet of MW-21. DEC approved decommissioning MW-21, and excavation in the area as long as it does not extend deeper than 5 feet bgs. Janice Wiegers
2/18/2016 Update or Other Action DEC sent letter to Arvil Still requesting information on whether MW-1, MW-2, MW-3, and MW-24 had been decommissioned as agreed to in the Prospective Purchaser Agreement. Also requested sampling of MW-22 for DRO. Janice Wiegers
3/18/2016 Meeting or Teleconference Held DEC met with Mr. Arvil Still to discuss recent letter and site requirements. Mr. Still indicated that he had planned to remove monitoring wells from the McCall property, but a Shannon & Wilson representative had asked for permission to access the property about five years ago to sample and had recommended not decommissioning the wells. DEC will review more recent contaminant information on the property and write back to Mr. Still about whether the wells should be decommissioned. Mr. Still agreed to sample MW-22 this summer. Janice Wiegers
3/22/2016 Update or Other Action Letter sent to Arvil Still as follow up to 3/18/16 meeting and confirming that MW-1, MW-2, MW-3, and MW-24 still need to be decommissioned. Janice Wiegers
6/29/2016 Report or Workplan Review - Other TPECI submitted report to DEC regarding sampling completed for MW-22. Groundwater depth was found to be 9.56 feet when the well was sampled on June 2nd. The DRO concentration in the well was 9.71 mg/L and 12.5 mg/L for the primary and duplicate samples. Janice Wiegers
9/27/2016 Update or Other Action Contacted by property owner who is looking for wells that need decommissioning. He reported finding MW-2, but has not been able to find MW-1, MW-3, or MW-24. Janice Wiegers
10/5/2016 Update or Other Action Met owner at property to inspect site for wells MW-1, MW-2, MW-3, and MW-24. The owner had removed MW-2, but was unable to locate MW-1, MW-3, or MW-24. Inspection of these areas confimed that there was no sign of the wells. Brush and grass cutting had been completed so visibility in areas was good. Janice Wiegers

Contaminant Information

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Control Type

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Requirements

Description Details
Groundwater Monitoring MW-22 will be sampled for DRO on 5 year basis, until below cleanup levels. Next sampling event to occur in 2021.
Excavation / Soil Movement Restrictions DEC must be notified if soil within 100ft radius of MW-21 is to be excavated