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Electruk Battery Environmental Restoration Program Site

Site Number E932132

Fact Sheet - Mach 2012

DEC Certifies Cleanup Requirements Achieved at Site

Introduction

DEC has determined that the cleanup requirements have been met to address contamination related to Former Electruk Battery Site ("site") located at 4922 IDA Park Drive, Lockport, Niagara County. DEC has issued a Certificate of Completion regarding the site.

Cleanup work at the site was conducted under the Environmental Restoration Program (ERP) established by New York State's 1996 Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act. Through the ERP, DEC provides financial assistance to local governments for the cleanup and restoration of brownfield sites. Brownfields are currently unused, abandoned, or idle properties that may have been used for industrial purposes in the past but no longer contribute to the tax base of municipalities.

Cleanup Activities at the Site

Cleanup activities at the site were performed by Town of Lockport, with oversight provided by DEC. Cleanup activities included the implementation of institutional controls, which are designed to reduce or eliminate exposure to contaminants of concern. An institutional control is a non-physical restriction on use of the site, such as an environmental easement, when contamination left over after the cleanup action makes the site suitable for some, but not all uses.

The following institutional controls have been put in place on the site:
- Ground Water Use Restriction
- Land Use Restriction
- Site Management Plan

DEC issued a Certificate of Completion based on review and approval of a Final Engineering Report. The Final Engineering Report includes:

1) a description of the cleanup activities completed;
2) certification that cleanup requirements have been achieved for the site;
3) a description of any institutional controls to be used; and
4) a certification that a site management plan for any controls used at the site has been approved by DEC.

A Certificate of Completion may be modified or revoked if, for example, there is a failure to comply with the terms of the order or agreement with DEC. Project documents, including the Certificate of Completion and the Final Engineering Report, are available at the locations indentified below under heading "Locations to View Public Documents" or by clicking on the project document links in the right hand column of this page.

Site Background

The site is located at 4922 IDA Park Drive in the Lockport Industrial Park. It is approximately 1.4 acres in size and is currently occupied by an approximately 14,000 square foot building. The surrounding parcels are used for commercial, light industrial and agricultural purposes.

Electruk Battery used the site for the manufacturing of lead acid batteries from 1990 to 1996. A six-alarm fire in January 1995 damaged the facility and forced it to close in 1996. In 1997, the Town of Lockport Industrial Development Agency hired a contractor to investigate the site. The investigation revealed the presence of a number of lead sludge- and sulfuric acid-containing vessels staged in the loading dock area outside the building. Lead dust covered the interior of the building (the 1995 fire exacerbated its spread) and contaminated the top layer of soil in several areas. Additionally, the building contained drums and smaller containers of solvents, as well as two bulk acid storage tanks.

In 1998, the NYSDEC requested that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) perform an emergency removal action. USEPA assessed the site, determined that a removal action was required, and completed the action in June 1999. The USEPA did not pursue any investigation into potential on-site groundwater contamination or soil contamination caused by former site activities.

An environmental investigation, or remedial investigation (RI), was completed in Fall 2008. It focused on determining the nature and extent of contamination, if any, in the surface soil, subsurface soil, surface water, groundwater and on-site structures. Analysis of samples collected during the investigation indicated that the surface soil contains lead concentrations above soil cleanup standards that make it safe for unrestricted redevelopment. Subsurface soil analysis indicated no elevated concentrations of contaminants above the unrestricted use soil cleanup objectives, and groundwater analysis indicated no contaminants above ground water standards. However, analysis of the water and sediments found in three onsite floor trenches indicated significant lead concentrations. Because of this contamination, a cleanup action known as an Interim Remedial Measure (IRM) was performed to remove sediment and water, clean the trenches, and backfill them with clean fill. An IRM is conducted when a source of contamination can be effectively addressed before completion of the RI.

A report called the Remedial Investigation/Alternatives Analysis/Interim Remedial Measure (RI/AA/IRM) Report explains the environmental investigation, cleanup actions to date, and alternatives for future cleanup actions. The RI/AA/IRM report was issued in December 2008 and is available for review at the locations listed below and the DEC Region 9 Environmental Remedial Project Information page (see link at bottom of page).

For more information about lead, visit the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's ToxFAQs web page. A link is provided in the right column.

Who Should I Contact If I Have Questions About the Site?

Environmental related questions
Michael J. Hinton, P.E.
NYSDEC
270 Michigan Ave
Buffalo, N.Y. 14203
(716) 851-7220

Health related questions
Matthew J. Forcucci
NYSDOH
584 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, N.Y. 14202
(716) 847-4501

Locations to View Public Documents

Public understanding and involvement are important to the success of New York Brownfields programs. To keep you informed, the Town of Lockport and NYSDEC have established the following locations where you can view project documents:

Town of Lockport Town Hall
6560 Dysinger Road
Lockport, N.Y. 14094
(716) 439-9520

NYSDEC's Buffalo Office
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, N.Y. 14203
(716) 851-7220 (please call for appointment)