Camillus Town Councilors Bill Davern and Mark Kolinski and engineer Paul Czerwinksi accompanied Honeywell and DEC representatives on an Oct. 19 trip to Toledo, Ohio.
Czerwinski said the purpose of the trip was to see a waste clean-up site comparable to what is being proposed for Wastebed 13 at work. While the two sites have clear differences - for instance, Ottawa River's biggest contaminants are PCBS while Onondaga Lake's are VOCs - Ottawa's system of dredging water is close to the one proposed in Camillus and both involve stacking geo-textile tubes in pyramid form.
"We've never seen that before," Czerwinski said. "We wanted to make sure the pumping would work, the pipes would work and the tubes would work the way they said they would, and that kind of proved true."
Czerwinski meets with the DEC and Honeywell regularly; this trip prepared him to go into those meetings knowing more about the issue.
"We learned a lot of valuable information that's going to help us when we meet with the DEC and Honeywell and their consultants as we go forward to make sure if this does go through that we get the best and safest system that we can get," he said.
Camillus had requested Honeywell use a system where excess water is removed from the sludge before it goes into the SCAs for draining. The town's request was denied, but after seeing that system in place in Toledo, Czerwinski feels better equipped to push for it.
"Now we have a good argument for it, how there is technology out there, it does work, and the contractor there felt it was an important part of their project because it did reduce the amount of water that they had to deal with," he said.
One of Czerwinski's biggest reasons for going to Toledo was to see the geo-textile tubes at work. He said the tubes were very similar in size to the ones proposed in Camillus.