April 22, 2010 - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has placed the Rosendale Citgo Station property at Route 32 and Madeline Lane on the Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites as a Class 2 site. The classification of a Class 2 site, according to the state agency, means the site presents a considerable threat to public health and/or the environment.
From 1960 to 1970, the site operated as a chemical company that dyed clothing. From 1970 to 1979 an automotive repair garage operated there and from 1979 to 1994 various gas stations were open for business. The present-day Citgo gas station has operated at the site since 1994.
DEC spokesperson Wendy Rosenbach said that, in her experience, this is an unusual situation.
"It's odd that an active gas station is in this classification," Rosenbach said.