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Remington Rand Brownfield Cleanup Program Site

Site Number C932142

Fact Sheet - December 2010

NYSDEC Certifies Cleanup at Remington-Rand Site


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is pleased to announce that remediation of the Remington Rand Building Site in the City of North Tonawanda has been completed. Remediation refers to actions taken to eliminate, abate, or contain contamination that may be harmful to public health, welfare, or the environment. The remediation addressed elevated levels of soil contaminants associated with past facility operations.

NYSDEC has issued a Certificate of Completion to the applicant regarding the site. A copy of the Notice of the Certification of Completion is available at the locations identified in this fact sheet.

Description of Completed Remedial Activities

The site remediation was accomplished by completing four Interim Remedial Measures, or IRMs, which included:

  • Excavating impacted soil to a depth of 2 feet, properly disposing the impacted soil, and backfilling the excavation with clean fill or pavement;
  • Removing and properly disposing PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl) -containing transformers and floor drain sediments;
  • Installing a sub-slab vapor extraction system within a portion of the building to remove soil vapors that might enter the building; and
  • Developing a site management plan with institutional and engineering controls that will be implemented during redevelopment and reuse of the site. An institutional control is a legal or administrative restriction placed on the use of the site when residual contamination left after the cleanup action makes the site suitable for some but not all uses. An engineering control is a physical barrier or method to manage contamination, such as a soil vapor extraction system.

The IRM successfully addressed contamination and will serve as the final remedy for the site.

Are Controls in Place to Ensure the Effectiveness of the Cleanup?

The site owner will be required to adhere to Institutional and Engineering Controls as stipulated in a Site Management Plan (SMP). The plan specifies that:

  • The site may be used for restricted-residential purposes. A "restricted-residential" designation means that townhouses or multi-dwelling housing complexes are allowed, but vegetable gardens and single family homes are prohibited;
  • The sub-slab vapor venting system must be operated, maintained and monitored until testing shows that it is no longer needed;
  • Procedures must be implemented according to an Excavation Work Plan to minimize human and ecological exposure if future work on the site requires the disturbance of the remaining impacted soil; and
  • A site-wide inspection assuring that the Institutional and Engineering controls have not been altered and remain effective must be conducted in accordance with the SMP.

Next Steps

NYSDEC issued the Certificate of Completion based on review and approval of a Final Engineering Report submitted by the applicant. With the receipt of a Certificate of Completion the applicant:

  • has no liability for contamination at or coming from the site, subject to certain conditions; and
  • Is eligible for tax credits to offset cleanup and redevelopment costs.

A Certificate of Completion may be modified or revoked if, for example, the applicant commits fraud regarding its application or its certification that it has met cleanup levels.

Site Background

The site is located in a commercial area of the City of North Tonawanda and is bounded by the Erie Canal/Tonawanda Creek to the south, a Railroad embankment to the east and commercial property to the north and west. Over the last 100 years, the Site has been used for industrial and manufacturing purposes. Remediation at the site addressed petroleum, chlorinated solvents, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), metals, and PCB contamination. The completion of remedial activities at the site means that the owner may proceed with commercial and residential development along this portion of the historic Erie Canal.

Who to Contact

Comments and questions are always welcome and should be directed as follows:

Project Related Questions

Mr. Michael Hinton
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14203

Health Related Questions

Mr. Matthew Forcucci
New York State Department of Health
584 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14202

Locations to View Project Documents

Document repositories have been established at the following locations to help the public to review important project documents.

North Tonawanda Public Library
505 Meadow Drive
North Tonawanda, New York 14120
Phone: (716) 693-4132

NYSDEC Region 9 Office
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14203
Phone: (716) 851-7220
Hours: M-F 8:30am-4:30pm
(Please call for appointment)

You may also view electronic versions of project documents in the right column.

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