Barrels with hazardous materials removed from Main Street lot in Medina

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 27 May 2022 at 12:32 pm

MEDINA – Mayor Mike Sidari has received information this morning from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation that the drums containing hazardous waste on the site of the former Starlite Cleaners are being removed this morning.

Gail A. Dieter, environmental chemist with the Division of Environmental Remediation, said a waste disposal hauler was at the site this morning. She said she asked that they secure the site as best they can after removing the drums, as they had to cut the present lock to gain access.

“Our consulting engineer will be sending someone out next week to double check the site security – particularly the fencing and put a new lock on the gate,” Dieter said.

The drums, which had been sitting there for weeks, concern many local business people.

The NYDEC plans complete remediation in the near future, but in a recent conversation with Dieter, she said she couldn’t say just when it would begin.