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Additional Questions for scoping session:
Scanlon proposed gas station - Wiccopee
Dated: Tuesday, March 9, 2004:

At Tuesday's March 9th Public Hearing on scoping session for the proposed Wiccopee gas station, Save Wiccopee presented the following list of additional concerns. The East Fishkill ZBA Board will hold a special meeting Tuesday March 23th, 2004 at 7:00p.m. for input on revised scoping document. Mark your calendars!


Save Wiccopee's  Additional Questions for Scoping Session:

The issue of noise was discussed . We definitely want a study of all sources of noise; levels, times of day, days of week. Both during and after construction.

Documentation what was brought in this site, and from where, will be difficult, if not impossible. Though a previous study was done, we request additional testing be done to look for contaminants at various and deeper levels than were previously tested and also “down stream” from site in the aquifer to look for any leeching and plume from this site.

We have a great concern about any airborne, or water borne run off, from possible contaminants during digging, testing, and disturbance at this site.

We also do not agree with the applicant’s representative, that geophysical surveys will show false positives. It is our understanding that these tests are indeed quite accurate, when done correctly, and will no doubt discover that this is a lot of questionable material at this site. In addition, these tests will help to locate some of the locations of items that a random digging may not find. Remembering or guessing at where various items are buried is a poor choice when other alternatives are available.

Who will verify discovery and tests results?

We also feel that a depth of 7 feet is inadequate to locate many of the questionable items at the site, that a depth of 10 feet be considered for any discovery digging.

Air quality, in regards to fumes and airborne pollutants, should be studied as far as airflow directions (different days and time of days), speed, distances of travel, etc.

This question was asked at the public hearing on the scoping document… from page 2 of proposed scopng document. “Mitigation measures that are not incorporated into the proposed action should be discussed as to why the applicant considers them unnecessary.” – We want to know what these are? What is considered unnecessary?

On proposed scoping document… page 4, III. Description of the Proposed Action, Item C. Project Location, Description and Environmental Setting… Item 1. We request that this study area be expanded to include a 2 1/2-mile radius as the impact will be at least this far.

On proposed scoping document… page 5, I. Construction and Operation: Repeating… Noise – types, amount, hours, days, etc. should be studied.

On proposed scoping document… page 5, we, Save Wiccopee and the residents of the Wiccopee area are indeed interested in reviewing the DEIS when submitted.

On proposed scoping document… page 6, IV Impact issues. 1. Existing Conditions. E. Discuss know and anticipated nearby developments within 1/2 mile of project… we suggest this be expanded to be 2 1/2 miles as there are many projects in this distance that will have some bearing.

On proposed scoping document… page 6, IV Impact issues. 2. Potential Impacts. B. Cumulative Impacts listed at one-half mile… should be studied to 2 1/2 miles.

On proposed scoping document… page 9 Groundwater resources. 1. C. Water demand. II. Identify developments within one mile… we request that this be studied to 2 1/2 miles.

On proposed scoping document… page 15, Item 3… sewage disposal should include a detailed impact study on neighboring properties, groundwater level and quality, and possible odors. 

On proposed scoping document… page 16, K. Visual Quality 3. Mitigation measures… should study impact on historic hamlet, fencing, what would be done to retain garbage within site, architectural details for proposal.

There needs to be a study as to quantity of chemicals that will leech off the blacktop surfaces and enter both into the stream, aquifer and groundwater.

We have some grave concerns about why this proposal is still going forward. According to a letter dated December 4, 2003, in the proposal file at the East Fishkill Zoning and Planning office, from the applicant’s engineer… “At this point it appears that the Special Use Permit was never obtained.” Also in the file, in response to a Freedom of Information filing as to whether or not there was ever a final site plan approval for when site use was changed in the 1980’s… there is a note stating that there is no record of any site plan approval... nor has site ever been improved (landscaped, parking marked, etc.)

We know there is at least one resident that would like to comment on this proposed scoping document, whom is away on vacation. Therefore we would like to request that public input on this stay open for a short while.

We also request that public input on the revised scoping document be open as we have, not to date, seen the revised document and we expect there be some additions from these and other comments received this evening.

Sincerely. Save Wiccopee Organization
Residents of the Wiccopee Hamlet and Wiccopee area.


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