Department of Environmental Conservation

Ames True Temper will start an environmental study at the former Union Fork and Hoe site in Frankfort, with oversight from the DEC and State Department of Health.

Last August, a fire destroyed several buildings on the 29 acre lot, leaving only two buildings at the former manufacturing plant standing. Now, Ames True Temper will see what contamination is in the State Superfund site's soil and how it can be cleaned up. During the investigation, surface and subsurface soil samples will be taken, along with well and groundwater monitoring throughout the area. Soil vapor investigations will also take place.

Currently, the location is ranked class 2 in the State Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Sites. According to the DEC, the designation "represents a significant threat to public health or the environment." Only Class 1 sites are considered worse, requiring immediate cleanup actions.

Once the initial study is completed, a feasibility study will be conducted to evaluate how to proceed with cleaning the site, with the goal of protecting health and the environment.

Calls to the Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Department of Health have yet to be returned.