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ENRX Inc - Voelker Analysis

Site Number C915150

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Below is an abbreviated version of work plans in PDF form for download. To view the complete document, please contact DEC or visit the document repositories listed under Where to Find Information.


Location: The site is located at 766 New Babcock Street, near Williams Street, in the eastern portion of the City of Buffalo, Erie County.

Site Features: The Site 0.85-acre site consists of a warehouse/maintenance building with an attached office, fenced perimeter and parking lot, outdoor equipment storage area and two entrance driveways with electronic security gates. The site is directly east of and across the street (Hannah Street) from the owner's existing metal recycling facility.

Current Zoning/Uses: The site is zoned for industrial use and is currently used by the metal recycling facility for storage and office space. The surrounding area is developed with the recycling facility to the west, NFTA bus garages to the southeast, vacant lots to the east, and industrial buildings and manufacturing facilities to the north, along Williams Street. The nearest residential properties are approx. 1300 ft. to the southwest of the site.

Historical Use: Voelker Analysis was a small, permitted hazardous waste facility for the processing and recovery of chlorinated organic solvents. It was housed in a multi-story wood frame structure and adjoining one-story brick and concrete block building. The facility handled waste solvents such as methylene chloride, trichloroethylene, perchloroethylene and 1-1-1-trichloroethane. The facility was acquired by ENRX in August of 1987, which moved the solvent recovery operations from the wood frame building into the adjoining brick structure. In 1989, the facility's hazardous waste recovery permit was revoked and the facility was abandoned. Between 1990 and 1992, the USEPA removed nearly 500 drums of chlorinated solvent wastes that had been left in the facility. Between 1998 and 1999, the older wood frame portion of the facility was demolished by a subsequent owner.

Site Geology and Hydrogeology: Fill material covers the entire site. It consists of sand, gravel, and silty clay mixed with varying amounts of brick, concrete and wood fragments, plastic, glass, ash and cinders. Limestone bedrock was found at a depth of 8 to 10 feet, covered with one foot or less of native silt and clay. Groundwater was found at or near the interface of overburden soil and bedrock, and flows in a northerly direction beneath the site.

Brownfield Cleanup Program

New York's BCP encourages the voluntary cleanup of contaminated properties known as "brownfields" so that they can be reused and redeveloped. These uses include recreation, housing, business or other uses. A brownfield is any real property that is difficult to reuse or redevelop because of the presence or potential presence of contamination. For more information about the BCP, visit DEC's website.

Where to Find Information

Public interest in this project is valued and appreciated. Project documents are available at the following location to help the public stay informed. You may also view electronic versions of project documents in the Digital Files section above (if available). Large documents may be abbreviated to meet DEC's file size requirements for posting to the website. Hard copies of full project documents are available at the listed locations.

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY 14203

Whom to Contact

For more information about activities at the site, or if you have questions, comments, or concerns, we encourage you to contact the representatives listed below. If you know anyone who would like to be added to the e-mailing list to receive project updates, please have them contact one of the DEC representatives listed below.

Project Related Questions:
David Locey
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14203
{Call for an appointment}

Site Related Health Questions:
Matt Forcucci
584 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202

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