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Region 9 - Environmental Remediation Project Information

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Calendar of Scheduled Public Meetings and Comment Periods - for sites in DEC's cleanup programs in Region 9.

The DEC's Division of Environmental Remediation in Region 9 is responsible for investigating and cleaning up sites throughout Western New York that were contaminated from past industrial activities. These sites that were once economic engines for the region now contribute to environmental degradation, potential health problems, urban decay, decreased tax revenue, and population loss.

The former Power City Warehouse in Niagara Falls. DEC completed a site characterization and referred it to EPA for lead and asbestos abatement. Former Republic Steel and former Buffalo Color along the Buffalo River. Republic has been cleaned up and Buffalo Color is being demolished and remediated under the Brownfield Cleanup Program. Former Bethlehem Steel plant in Lackawanna. Part of the property has been remediated and redeveloped into a wind farm (see picture below). An excavator demolishes a building at the former Spaulding Composites complex in Tonawanda. The site has been completely remediated under the Superfund and Environmental Restoration Programs.

New York State's environmental cleanup programs are transforming these sites, paving the way for restored ecological habitat, waterfront development, clean energy, new jobs, recreational opportunities, and enhanced appreciation of the environment. DEC is committed to cleaning up, restoring, and protecting Western New York's environment so it may be enjoyed and utilized both today and tomorrow.

The riverbank adjacent to the DC Rollforms site in Jamestown was remediated and reconstructed to prevent contaminant migration into the Chadakoin River. The HealthNow building (blue) was constructed over a remediated former manufactured gas plant. Buffalo City Hall sits in the background. (Photo courtesy of HealthNow) The Steelwinds project, conducted under the Brownfield Cleanup Program, built 8 windmills on the remediated former Bethlehem Steel property along the shores of Lake Erie. (Photo courtesy of Mark Webster) The Buffalo Outer Harbor site was cleaned up into a public green space featuring a recreational trail and restored ecological habitat. (Photo courtesy of NFTA)

Site numbers are linked to the public environmental remediation database. PDF documents available on the project pages may be abbreviated, but full project documents are always available at the site's document repository.

Remedial sites below may also contain environmental easements, located on a separate webpage for all DEC regions.

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Allegany

  • Looking west at the asphalt manufacturing equipment
    Allegany Bitumens site
    Allegany Bitumens Asphalt Plant (Site Number C902019) - The Allegany Bitumens site is approximately 5 acres, located in a primarily agricultural area. The site was previously used as an asphalt plant by Allegany Bitumens, Inc. and A.L. Blades and Sons, Inc. from approximately 1960 until 2005. Since 2005, the site has been unoccupied. A laboratory is located in the northwest corner of the Site. The laboratory was used for testing of aggregate and asphalt materials. Trichloroethene (TCE) was reportedly used as a solvent in the testing operations, and previous investigations indicated the presence of TCE and related volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in an area northeast of the laboratory building. These VOCs were detected in shallow soil and groundwater at levels above New York State standards.
  • Cuba Landfill (Site Number 902012) - The Cuba Landfill site is a former municipal solid waste landfill and a New York State Class 2 inactive hazardous waste site. A Class 2 site is one that poses a significant threat to human health and/or the environment and requires action. It operated as a municipal landfill from the 1950s until 1981. The landfill accepted household, commercial and industrial waste, including industrial waste from Acme Electric Corporation (AEC). AEC disposed of solvents, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) capacitors, plating sludge and paint sludge. Wastes were deposited in trenches 10-15 feet wide, 4-10 feet deep and hundreds of feet long. The remedy for the site involves consolidating wastes into a single cell and capping the landfill.

Cattaraugus

Chautauqua

Erie

  • 3021 Orchard Park Road (Site Number C915289) - The site is located in the Town of Orchard Park. The site is bordered by Orchard Park and Michael Roads on the west and north respectively, and commercial properties and Union Road to the east. A single story, multiple-tenant, commercial building occupies the eastern half of the 5.06-acre site. The building and an asphalt parking lot cover nearly the entire site. The site is currently active and is zoned for commercial use. Between 1979 and 2008, the building housed a dry cleaning shop in two of the building units, addressed as 3035 and 3039 Orchard Park Road, near the south end of the building. The dry cleaning operations appear to have led to the site contamination. Other current and former tenants included discount, grocery, drug, paint and antique stores as well as a bank, credit union, hair salon and a photocopy/printing shop.
  • 4630 River Road (Site Number C915258) - The public is invited to comment on a draft work plan being reviewed by DEC to perform environmental investigation work at the 4360 River Road Site in Tonawanda. At one point, the site contained a pond that received storm water from the former Ashland Petroleum Company that was located on adjacent property to the west. The use of this pond was reportedly discontinued in 1982 when operations at the Ashland Petroleum facility ceased.
  • Click to view 5565 River Road Public Notice
    Aerial view of 5565 River Road site
    5565 River Road (Site Number 915239) - The 5565 River Road Site consists of approximately 24 acres of a single parcel located at 5565 River Road in the Town of Tonawanda, Erie County, New York. The site is heavily vegetated by a mixture of trees, tall grass, scrub brush and shrubs. Historic information concerning the site is extremely limited. Clusters of 55-gallon drums were observed on the ground surface at six different areas of the site. The majority of these drums were empty, rusted and in poor condition. In October 2012 the site was listed as a Class 2 Site in the New York State Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites.

  • Aerial view of American Linen site
    American Linen Supply Company (Site Number C915241) - The Former American Linen Supply Company site, located at 822 Seneca Street in Buffalo, is approximately 2.921 acres and is currently vacant. Once cleaned up, it is anticipated to be utilized for commercial and/or industrial purposes. Suspected and known contaminants at this site are petroleum, chlorinated solvents, VOCs and metals. These contaminants are impacting the soil and groundwater.
  • Ameron (Site Number 915133) - The Ameron site encompasses approximately 3.2 acres in the City of Buffalo. The site is located in a mixed use (residential/industrial/commercial) area. From approximately 1960 to 1982, the site had been used for the production of protective coating materials involving the use of solvents and other chemicals. Environmental contamination has impacted the site's subsurface soil and groundwater. Contaminants of concern included PCBs, lead, and VOCs.
  • Click to view ARO fact sheet
    Aerial view of ARO site
    ARO Corporation (Site Number 915147) - This site is located at 3695 Broadway in the Town of Cheektowaga. Aro Corporation was a manufacturer of life support equipment, cryogenic storage vessels and breathing regulators. Manufacturing operations ceased in 1996 and the main building was demolished. Prior to purchasing the ARO facility, Ingersoll-Rand conducted an environmental assessment of the property. The assessment was later followed by a Remedial Investigation of the site due to trichloroethene (TCE) contamination found in soils beneath the site and in the site ground water. Ground water beneath two residential properties immediately west of the ARO facility had also been impacted. In 1997, Ingersoll-Rand purchased these two adjacent properties. The March 1995 Record of Decision (ROD) called for the removal and treatment of ground water and the remediation of soils by soil vacuum extraction (SVE). The treatment system was put into operation in the spring of 1998 and has been operational since. In 2004, Ingersoll-Rand began a pneumatic fracturing program in several wells to enhance system performance. Site Monitoring is being conducted under an approved O&M Plan.
  • Bengart and Memel (Site Number 915115) - This site in the City of Buffalo is contaminated with chemicals called PCBs, which resulted from operations involving the recovery of metals and metal alloys. The site is being addressed under the SSF.
  • Former Buffalo China Warehouse
    Buffalo China site
    Buffalo China (Site Number C915209) - The Buffalo China facility in the City of Buffalo formerly manufactured china and mirrors, resulting in site contamination. The site, which is currently owned and operated by Niagara Ceramics Corp., occupies approximately 8 acres. It is situated in a mixed-use community consisting of various industrial and commercial facilities, residential properties, and railroad tracks. The nearest body of water is the Buffalo River, located approximately ¼ mile south and east of the site. Environmental investigations have identified that the site's soil and groundwater have been impacted by VOCs and lead, and the VOC contamination in the groundwater has migrated off site. DEC has determined that this contamination poses a significant threat to the environment.
  • Buffalo Color Corp Site
    Buffalo Color site
    Buffalo Color (Site Numbers C915230, C915231, C915232) - The Buffalo Color site occupies approximately 42 acres of land adjacent to the Buffalo River. The former Buffalo Color Corporation and its predecessors produced dyes for blue jeans and other organic chemicals for over 100 years. Buffalo Color Corporation filed for bankruptcy in 2003. The company's chemical production contaminated site soils and groundwater. South Buffalo Development (SBD), collaborating with Honeywell (a potentially responsible party), is remediating the site as a participant in the BCP. Remediation is expected to be complete in 2012. SBD intends to redevelop the site for commercial and light industrial purposes. DEC has issued a Certificate of Completion to the applicant regarding the site in January 2011. A copy of the Notice of the Certification of Completion is available at the locations identified in the fact sheet.
  • Buffalo Forge (Site Number C915280) - The site is in the City of Buffalo and is comprised of seven parcels each having a separate address, though the site is often identified as being located at 490 Broadway. The site is currently vacant land, zoned Commercial and Industrial. Grass vegetation is present in the central and western portions of the property over the footprints of former buildings and asphalt former parking areas are present in the eastern portion of the property. The main site was occupied by the Buffalo Forge Co. from the late 1880s through the early 1990s, which included a machine shop, blacksmith/foundry, and E.N. Cook's Distillery. The northern portion of the site includes a former filling station, an apparent residential gasoline tank, a furniture repair structure, several dwellings and a garage. In the 1980s, the entire site appears to be utilized by Buffalo Forge Co., primarily as a foundry, machine shop, and storage/warehousing facility. Most recent operations included manufacturing heavy duty industrial air moving equipment, such as fans, blowers and cabinets. The site buildings were demolished in 2006 and 2007.
  • Buffalo Lakeside Commerce Park - Parcel 4 (Site Number 915193A) - The site is listed as a Class "2" site in the State Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Sites. A Class 2 site represents a significant threat to public health or the environment; action is required. The Parcel 4 site is a 20 acre, vacant parcel located on the western
    edge of the BLCP, in the northwest corner of the former Hanna Furnace parcel and now matches
    the boundary of the Environmental Restoration Program (ERP) site #E915193 by the same name.
  • Aerial view of Buffalo River looking West toward Lake Erie
    Aerial view of Buffalo River Restoration site
    Buffalo River Restoration - DEC, USEPA, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, Honeywell, and USACE are working together in partnership to restore the Buffalo River. September 2013 Update: The partnership will begin environmental dredging of the Buffalo River (2 page PDF, 753 KB) this fall. Contaminated sediment close to the banks of the river will be removed, limited areas capped, and habitat restored.
  • Depew Village Landfill (Site Number 915105) - The Depew Village Landfill operated between 1940 and 1961. During operations it processed municipal waste, as well as hazardous wastes from unknown sources. Contamination, particularly lead, has impacted the landfill property, the adjacent stream bank, sediments in Cayuga Creek, and a portion of the slope under Zurbrick Road. DEC is addressing the site as two separate operable units. Fact sheets and project documents specific to Operable Units 1 and 2 are available from the Depew Village Landfill page.
  • ENRX Annex (Site Number C915325) - The site is in an urban area in the City of Buffalo. The site consists of one parcel measuring approximately 0.27 acres, with a street address of 50 Hannah Street (also known as 737 New Babcock Street). The site is located adjacent to and south of the ENRX, Inc. - Voelker Analysis Site (C915150; see listing below) which is located at 766 New Babcock Street. The ENRX Site was issued a Certificate of Competition (COC) in December 2015 and is currently in the site management phase. The site consists of a gravel/asphalt pavement parking lot, enclosed within a fence which surrounds the adjacent Voelker Analysis site, as well as the vacant scrap yard, adjacent to both sites. Historically, the site was used as a tannery and electric utility substation. The site is currently used as a parking lot for the adjacent scrap yard facility.
  • ENRX Inc - Voelker Analysis (Site Number C915150) - The 0.85 acre site is located at 766 New Babcock Street, in the eastern portion of the City of Buffalo. 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. Voelker Analysis was a small, permitted hazardous waste facility for the processing and recovery of chlorinated organic solvents. 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, 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.
  • ExxonMobil (Site Number C915201) - The ExxonMobil Former Buffalo Terminal site was historically used for petroleum refining, storage and distribution. Operable Unit 4 (OU-4, subject of the current Alternatives Analysis Report (AAR)) is one of five operable units comprising the entire site. OU-4, which is currently owned by Buckeye Terminals LLC., occupies approximately 16.6 acres. It is bordered to the south by the Buffalo River and is currently utilized for the storage of refined petroleum fuels. The area of OU-4 was created in the early 1900s to realign the Buffalo River. It consists of urban fill and municipal waste from a former City of Buffalo landfill. ExxonMobil purchased the OU-4 area in 1951 and constructed storage tanks in 1953. DEC has determined that the contamination in OU-4 poses a significant threat to the environment.
Acid tar pits at the Bethlehem Steel Site
Bethlehem Steel site
  • Former Bethlehem Steel (Site Number 915009) - Bethlehem Steel, in the City of Lackawanna, was once a major engine of economic productivity in Western New York. Over the years the complex grew to over 1600 acres. Environmental contamination varies across the property with 400 acres listed on the Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal (SSF) Sites. This area is being addressed under the State's Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Corrective Action Program. An additional 500 acres are being remediated under the BCP by the current site owner, Tecumseh Redevelopment (see Tecumseh entries below).
  • Former Buffalo Service Station (Site Number C915194A) - This site is approximately 0.5 acres and is located in the City of Buffalo. The site includes a portion of Fourth Street and an area underneath the NYS Thruway (I-190) overpass. The I-190 overpass area is fenced on the east and west sides. The area underneath the overpass is covered with gravel. An 11.5 - foot diameter sewer runs parallel and beneath the northbound lane of Thruway overpass. A high voltage electrical line is buried in the site area. The site area is being used as roads and right of way for roads and utilities. The site was historically the location of the confluence between the former Wilkeson Slip and the former Erie Canal. The Wilkeson Slip was contaminated with coal tar waste from the former Buffalo Service Station (BSS), a manufactured gas plant (MGP). The Wilkeson Slip was filled in between 1895 and 1915 and the Erie Canal was filled in the 1930's. The BSS was operated by various companies from 1848 to 1948. National Fuel Gas owned the BSS property until 2005. During remedial action at the BSS site in 2006, a large portion of the Wilkeson Slip was cleaned up by Duke Realty. In 2012, a sheet pile was placed along the eastern side of Fourth Street in the Slip and the remaining portion of the Wilkeson Slip within Duke Realty property was cleaned up.
  • Click to view Doro Dry Cleaners fact sheet
    Doro Dry Cleaners site
    Former Doro Dry Cleaners (Site Number 915238) - DEC will soon begin a detailed environmental study at the Former Doro Dry Cleaners located at 3460-3466 Genesee Street, Cheektowaga. The site is located in a commercial and suburban setting, near Union Road and NYS Route 33. The site is listed as a Class "2" site in the State Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Sites (list of State Superfund sites). A Class 2 site represents a significant threat to public health or the environment; action is required. The site is zoned for commercial use and currently inactive, had been used primarily for dry cleaning for approximately 40 years. Prior uses that have led to site contamination include the storage and use of chlorinated solvent for the dry cleaning facility.
  • Former Dowell Facility (Site Number V00410) - This Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) site is located at 3311-3313 Walden Avenue in the Village of Depew. The facility resides within a mixed residential and industrial/commercial area and consists of two parcels. The relatively flat, currently vacant property is triangular shaped, covering approximately 1.78 acres. The entire site is zoned industrial/commercial. Former activities at the site included servicing industrial facilities and limited oilfield-related project. Dowell discontinued facility operations in the late 1980s and the facility was permanently closed. The Volunteers entered the site into DEC's VCP on February 26, 2001, under Voluntary Cleanup Agreement (No. B9-0586-00-10).
  • Click to view Former Mobil Station site fact sheet
    Former Mobil site
    Former Mobil Station (Site Number C915260) - DEC is reviewing cleanup documents for the Former Mobil Service Station 99-MST located at 979-1001 Main Street, Buffalo, Erie County. The site borders with Goodrich Street on north, High Street on south and a parking lot for the Buffalo General Hospital on the east. The land use in the project area is characterized as urban mixed use, primarily commercial and community services. The community services include public and private medical and hospital facilities. DEC accepted written comments about the proposed Remedial Investigation and IRM work plan for 30 days, from August 29 through September 29, 2012. This brownfield site is 1.7 acres with four vacant parcels. The site has sat vacant for less than 10 years. From the 1940s to 1982 the site was operated as a gas station.
  • Click to view Gastown fact sheet
    Aerial view of Gastown site
    Gastown (Site Number 915171) -The Gastown site is the location of a former MGP. Prior to the introduction of natural gas and electric lights, these plants processed coal and petroleum to make a combustible gas used for cooking, lighting and heating. The gas production left an oily mixture called coal tar that impacted soils at and surrounding the site. The site is part of the VCP.
  • GE Buffalo Service Shop (Site Number 915244) - The Notice of Proposed Final Corrective Measures for GE Buffalo Service Shop facility, USEPA ID NYD067539940, was issued on November 16, 2011. The Fact Sheet for the GE facility includes a brief summary of the site investigations, interim corrective measures performed and the proposed Final Corrective Measures. The Statement of Basis (PDF) (18 pages, 1.80 MB) contains a summary of investigations, describes other remedial alternatives considered and describes the proposed final corrective measures for the facility. The facility is located in the Town of Tonawanda, Erie County, New York. The Notice and the Fact Sheet for GE Buffalo Service Shop (PDF) (5 pages, 88 KB) is available on the web.
  • A Greif operator operating a piece of machinary
    Greif site
    Greif (Site Number V00334) - From 1948 to 1985, the Greif site was owned and operated by Continental Fiber Drum and Continental Can Corporation. Historical manufacturing operations at this time consisted of the production of fiber drums but also included production of metal lids and rims used in the fiber drums. The production of the metal lids and rims involved varnishing and degreasing operations. These operations were the source of the VOCs that contaminated soil, soil vapor, and ground water in portions of the site. Greif acquired the Site in 1998. It continues to be used for the manufacture of fiber drums and associated products. The facility located at 2122 Colvin Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda.
  • Artist rendition of the HARBORcenter
    HARBORcenter site
    HARBORcenter (Site Number C915270) - The public is invited to comment on a draft work plan being reviewed by DEC to investigate the Webster Block (brownfield site) located at 75 Main Street, Buffalo, Erie County.
  • Hanna Furnace Parcel 3 - See Union Ship Canal
  • Highland Plaza (Site Number C915293) - This site consists of approximately 0.7 acres at 215 Highland Parkway in the Town of Tonawanda. The site is approximately 250 feet long by 100 feet wide. Approximately 50% of the property is occupied by a strip plaza, with the northern half of the property covered by an asphalt parking lot. The building is presently subdivided into nine commercial businesses. The site is occupied by a strip plaza and is zoned for commercial use. The proposed future use of the site is commercial. In 1928 the site was not developed, although the property was subdivided into 17 parcels for future residential development. By 1950 the site was fully developed into a strip plaza. One of the former tenants in the plaza was High Park Dry Cleaners, which closed in March 2010. In 2014, a Phase II Environmental Site Investigation (ESI) was completed to evaluate the property. During the ESI, 12 soil borings were completed throughout the property. In addition, a soil vapor intrusion study was completed in the former dry cleaner tenant space. Soil samples collected from under the concrete floor of the former dry cleaner contained Cis-1,2-dichloroethene, tetrachloroethene, and trichloroethene. Surface soil samples contained tetrachloroethene. Soil vapor contained elevated concentrations of dichloroethene, tetrachloroethene, and trichloroethene.
  • Iroquois Gas/Westwood Pharmaceuticals Terrestrial (Site Number 915141A) - The superfund site is approximately 8.8 acres at 100 Forest Avenue in the City of Buffalo. The site is zoned for industrial use and is currently leased to a trucking firm for warehousing operations. Surrounding properties include a mix of commercial, light and heavy industrial, and residential parcels. The site operated as a manufactured gas plant from approximately 1897 through 1955 with continued gas storage on site until 1972. Iroquois Gas buried waste materials such as heavy tars, sludges, coal, coke, and demolition debris. In 1972, Westwood Pharmaceutical found soil and groundwater contamination during construction in 1985 consisting of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene (BTEX). DEC listed the site in the Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites in 1989.
  • Jefferson Avenue Apartments (Site Number C915317) - The site includes two parcels and is located in a highly developed residential and commercial area of the City of Buffalo. The site is currently unoccupied and includes vacant land and two vacant buildings on the northern parcel. Beginning in at least 1893 until the 2000s, past uses on the site include residential as well as a variety of commercial operations with two historic automotive repair operations, a dealership service department, a trucking operation, paints and varnish/oils operations, sheet metal works, and a machine shop operation. Fill materials located across the site are impacted with PAHs and/or metals.
Lackawanna Incinerator Site: inside building, 1950 incinerator
Lackawanna Incinerator

Niagara

Wyoming

  • Wyoming County Fire Training Center (Site Number V00604) - The main site features include a Fire Training Facility building and a storm water retention pond. The site is currently used for fire training purposes, after construction of a new state of the art enclosed facility.