Honeywell agrees to close waste beds, fund local projects

Honeywell International has entered into a cleanup agreement to properly close waste beds formerly used for industrial operations off Airport Road in the towns of Camillus and Geddes, announced the Department of Environmental Conservation earlier today.

The settlement orders the company to pay a $100,000 penalty, investigate potential off-site impacts, reclaim the site by planting a vegetative cover and fund an array of local environmental projects to benefit the public. In addition, Honeywell must reimburse the town of Camillus up to $50,000 a year for costs associated with the closure.

Subject to review and approval by the DEC, Honeywell must submit and implement a closure plan for the waste beds 9 through 15 area - waste bed 13's Sediment Consolidation Area and the active construction debris disposal facility operated within waste bed 15 by the town of Camillus not included.

"This is a good settlement for the environment and for the people of Central New York," said DEC Regional Director Kenneth Lynch. "It not only mandates the closure of the waste beds but also sets forth a plan for reclaiming the land using a 'green remedy.'"

Consisting of approximately 670 acres, waste beds 9 through 15 were the primary means of disposal for the waste produced by the Solvay operations of Allied-Signal (formerly Solvay Process Company and currently Honeywell International Inc.). Solvay Process wastes, primarily composed of calcium carbonate, calcium chloride and magnesium hydroxide, are the predominant materials found in the waste beds. Other waste streams from former plant operations, including wastewater sludges from Anheuser Busch and the Metropolitan Syracuse Wastewater Treatment Plant, were also discharged into the waste beds.

Analytical sampling on and in the vicinity of waste beds 9-15 has indicated that the waste bed material does not constitute a significant threat to public health or the environment.

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