malta rocket fuel area


The Malta Rocket Fuel Area site consists of the 165-acre Malta Test Station and some undeveloped forest that forms part of the safety easement for the Test Station. The Test Station was established in 1945 by the U.S. Government for rocket engine and fuel testing, and was first leased by various agencies, including several departments of the military, and then purchased in 1955 by a predecessor of the Department of Defense. The site was also leased to NASA and used for research and development projects conducted on behalf of the Department of Energy. The General Electric Company (GE) operated the Test Station as a government contractor from 1945 to 1964. In 1964, the Test Station and the easement were acquired by a predecessor of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). GE continued as an operating contractor while NYSERDA and its predecessor conducted atomic and space research and development at the Test Station. In 1984, NYSERDA sold approximately 81 acres of the Test Station, including most of the original buildings, test areas, rocket gantries, and other facilities to the Wright-Malta Corporation. Operations at the site involved the use of hazardous substances. Investigations of soil, sludge, surface water, and groundwater at the site indicated the presence of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Numerous potential source areas were identified at the site, including scrap metal storage, chemical storage, solid waste disposal, drum disposal, and fuel mixing areas; a burning pit; the rocket gantries and associated cooling pits; septic tanks and leach fields; aboveground and underground storage tanks and piping systems; and the magazine area. In 2004, the Luther Forest Technology Campus Economic Development Corporation purchased the Test Station property from the Wright-Malta Corporation. In August 2009, the first phase of the construction at the Luther Forest Technology Campus, which will eventually encompass the entire Malta Rocket Fuel Area site, commenced. GlobalFoundries, the first tenant at the technology campus, is performing this construction. The population within a 2-mile radius of the site is approximately 12,000, which includes the Luther Forest housing development. Water is supplied to area residents through the public system, which draws ground water from wells located 6,000 feet from the site. Site Responsibility: This site is being addressed through potentially responsible parties' actions.

Hazardous Ranking Score

34 / 100

A score of 28.5 or higher qualifies a site for the Superfund National Priority List.

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Region 2
Phone: (877) 251-4575

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      Endocrine Disrupter
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      Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic


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