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Carroll Town Landfill State Superfund Site

Site Number 907017

Fact Sheet - March 2013

Carroll Town Landfill Update: Public Availability Session; Information Update on Landfill Consolidation

Vegetation on Carroll Town Landfill
Carroll Town Landfill

The public is invited to a public availability session to discuss the plan to consolidate the landfill and place a cover after consolidation as indicated in the March 2009 Record of Decision (ROD). The availability session will also provide an update of the ongoing construction of the treatment system at the public supply well PW-5. The site is located in Frewsburg, Chautauqua County. The landfill site is located at the end of an unnamed gravel road, approximately 1,700 feet north of NYS Route 62 (also known as Ivory Road). See map below for Site Location.

Public Availability Session
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Town of Carroll
Highway Department
1725 Wahlgren Road
Frewsburg, NY 14738

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) invites you to a public availability session to discuss the evaluation of the landfill consolidation and placing a cover on the landfill. The project personnel will be available during this poster session to discuss and answer your questions. You can attend this session anytime between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Highlights of the ROD

Based on the remedial alternatives evaluated in the Feasibility Study report, a Proposed Remedial Action Plan was prepared and presented to the public on January 21, 2009. DEC selected the remedial alternative in the ROD that consisted of the following steps:

Consolidate the landfill, if possible, to move soil from east cell to west cell that will result in a smaller landfill footprint and restore the east cell area to usable land, place a soil cover over the landfill to prevent exposure to contaminated soils and promote surface water runoff, design and install a groundwater treatment system at the public water supply well No. 5 to insure that drinking water standards are achieved and operate and maintain the treatment system along with the maintenance of the landfill cover.

Groundwater Treatment System

As stated in the ROD, a treatment system for the public supply well was designed and approved in early 2012. The construction of the treatment system began in the fall of 2012. The treatment system will be ready for operation in April-May 2013.

Consolidation of Landfill - Evaluation

As required by the ROD, an evaluation to consolidate the East Landfill Cell into the West Landfill Cell was completed in February 2013. Two alternatives were evaluated as part of this evaluation process. Alternative 1 is to consolidate the landfill and place a cover after consolidation and Alternative 2 is to place a cover without consolidation. The following conclusions were made based on the evaluation:

  1. Consolidation would reduce the footprint of the landfill waste that would also reduce the amount of the landfill surface with the potential for infiltration as well as reduce the potential for direct contact with on-site contamination.
  2. Because the soil from East Landfill Cell would be available for grading the West Landfill Cell by consolidation, less cover soil would be needed for establishing the required slopes along the West Landfill Cell.
  3. The consolidation would reduce the amount of drainage ditch construction needed for transporting the runoff from the final landfill cover.
  4. The East Landfill Cell would be cleaned to unrestricted cleanup goals under Alternative 1 which would be available for unrestricted future use with groundwater restriction.
  5. Lower estimated maintenance costs of the final soil cover under the consolidation alternative compared to the alternative without consolidation.
  6. The cost estimate shows that Alternative 1 would cost approximately $2 million less than Alternative 2.

Based on the results of the evaluation, the State proposes to consolidate the East Landfill Cell into the West Landfill Cell and place a cover over the consolidated area.

Next Steps

The remedial design for the landfill consolidation and landfill cover is in progress now. The evaluation of the landfill consolidation is part of the design work. The remedial design is expected to be completed in August 2013. The remedial construction will begin after the bidding of this job and approval of the contract by the State. This process will take approximately three to four months to complete. Based on this estimation, the construction at the site will begin in March 2014.

DEC will keep the public informed about significant project milestones with fact sheets similar to this one.


The Town of Carroll operated the site as a municipal solid waste landfill from the early 1960s to 1979. Records indicate that industrial wastes were disposed of in the landfill during the period of operation. In 1979, the landfill was permitted to continue operation only as a construction and demolition debris landfill and also began operation as a waste transfer station. The western landfill cell was closed in May 1980 and it is unclear when the eastern cell closed. The Town reported that the site closed as a waste transfer station in 1986. In 1992, as part of the remedial investigation of the Vac Air Alloys site in Frewsburg, it was alleged that industrial waste from Vac Air Alloys was disposed of at the landfill. As a result, DEC began a series of investigations of the Carroll Landfill.

State Superfund Program

New York's State Superfund Program (SSF) identifies and characterizes suspected inactive hazardous waste disposal sites. Sites that pose a significant threat to public health and the environment go through a process of investigation, evaluation, cleanup and monitoring. DEC generally attempts to identify parties responsible for site contamination and require cleanup before committing State funds.

Who to Contact

Site-Related Environmental Questions
Mr. Vivek Nattanmai, P.E.
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233

Site-Related Health Questions
Ms. Scarlett Messier
Empire State Plaza
Corning Tower Room 1787
Albany, NY 12237
(518) 402-7860
Fax: (518) 402-7859

Where to Find Information

To keep you informed, DEC has established a number of locations at which you can view site-related project documents. You may review these documents at the locations listed below.

Myers Memorial Library
23 Ivory Street
Frewsburg, NY 14738
(716) 569-5515

NYS DEC Regin 9 Office
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 851-7220
(Please call for an appointment)

NYS DEC Central Office
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233
(518) 402-9814
(Please call DEC offices for appointments)

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Site Location

Site Location Map
Aerial View of Carroll Town Landfill site