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Update August 2022:  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is holding an online Community Information Meeting on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. This meeting is being held in place of the in-person meeting at the Hicksville High School on August 2, 2022 that was canceled due to US Army Covid-19 policy requirements. The meeting will be held virtually online from 6:30pm-8:00pm ET and will include a presentation of the results and recommendations of the 2021 Remedial Investigation Report. In addition, the USACE will discuss future actions associated with the project and will allow time for question and answers. A copy of this report is available for review at the Hicksville Public Library as well as online at the project website presented below. The online software limits participants to 200 people and registration in advance is required. If the number of participants is reached and not everyone is able to participate in this meeting, the USACE will consider a second meeting as a follow up.

Please register for the virtual Community Public Meeting at the link provided below and a link to join the meeting will be sent to you in a separate email. Registration will remain open until 12:00pm ET, 14 September 2022.  

Registration link web address:

Please direct questions regarding this project to:

Dan Kennedy, P.G.
Project Manager
Phone: (917) 275-3373


Sylvania-Corning, NY

The Sylvania Corning Plant/former Sylvania Electric Products Facility (a.k.a Sylcor) site (the Site) is a 9.49 acres area divided into three (3) separate properties located at 70, 100, and 140 Cantiague Rock Road, Town of Oyster Bay, County of Nassau, State of New York, in the westernmost portion of Hicksville, Long Island approximately thirty (30) miles east of lower Manhattan. The site was utilized for the manufacture of Government and commercial nuclear elements (e.g., cores, slugs, fuel elements) for reactors used in research and electric power generation between 1952 and 1967. Operations at the site used natural, enriched, and depleted uranium, and to a lesser extent thorium. Site contamination consists of these radioactive materials as well as nickel and volatile organics. Sylvania and related entities ("Sylvania") conducted nuclear work on site under a major contract to the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) from 1952-1965 (referred to as "AEC Contract work"), and conducted other nuclear work for commercial and other government contracts (referred to as "Commercial work").

Commercial work began in 1957, which were mostly, but not completely, located on the 70 Cantiague Rock Road property. AEC Contract work occurred, mostly but not completely, on the 100 and 140 Cantiague Rock Road properties. Contract documents and AEC commercial licenses indicate that AEC Contract and Commercial work involved large amounts of similar radioactive materials (e.g., uranium and thorium) and similar volatile organic compounds such as degreasers (e.g., PCE, TCE). Waste materials were frequently burned or disposed of on site in unlined sumps. Wastes were also directed to leach pools, although little information is available as to the nature of these wastes.

Primary soil contaminants were Uranium, Thorium, solvents and nickel. GTE, a corporate predecessor to Verizon, entered into a voluntary cleanup agreement with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) to remediate the soils at the Site to allow unrestricted future use of the Site. Soil excavation was conducted at the 100 and 140 Cantiague Rock Road properties. Nuclear materials processed under the AEC Contract were provided by the AEC. Little is known at present about ownership of the commercial materials, although common practice was for the materials to be owned by the party contracting for the fuel fabrication work. Government and commercial operations were conducted at the site. Government operations at the site were conducted under the Atomic Energy Commission’s contract #AT (30-1)-1293. Little information has been located regarding the commercial operations.


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