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Former Bethlehem Steel Site

DEC is accepting written comments about a proposed cleanup plan, called the draft Statement of Basis for 45 days, from February 15, 2017 through March 31, 2017. There is also a public meeting on March 8, 2017 for the same proposed cleanup plan. Please check the February 2017 fact sheet for more information.

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Site Number 915009

Digital Files

Below are fact sheets and abbreviated versions of work plans (if available) for this site in PDF form for download. To view the complete document, please contact DEC or visit the document repositories listed under Where to Find Information.

Acid tar pits on a portion of the former Bethlehem Steel property.
Acid tar pits on a portion of the former Bethlehem Steel property.
The blue soil at the center is caused by cyanide.


Location: The Tecumseh Redevelopment Inc. (TRI) site is an approximately 500 acre portion of the former Bethlehem Steel Corporation facility in Lackawanna. The TRI property is located between the Metroport Ship Canal and Lake Erie to the west. The property also extends to the south of Smokes Creek along Lake Erie.

Contamination: Site investigations were conducted primarily by Bethlehem Steel Corporation before that company filed for bankruptcy in 2001. Tecumseh Redevelopment Inc., a wholly owned-subsidiary of ArcelorMittal USA, Inc., completed and submitted the final site investigation report.

The investigation identified approximately 40 discrete locations, called Solid Waste Management Units (SWMUs), on the TRI Site that exhibit soil/fill and/or groundwater contamination. The United States Environmental Protection Agency and the DEC determined that these locations required further investigation and/or clean-up. The SWMUs are located in the vicinity of the former coke plant, former fuel storage area and slag fill areas along the western part of the site, where solid and/or hazardous waste from former steel-making operations were spilled or disposed many years ago by BSC. Contaminated sediment was also found to be present in several watercourses including Smokes Creek.

Several interim cleanup actions have been undertaken by Tecumseh since 2005 to restrict the migration of contamination from the site, including:

  • Installing and operating a groundwater collection and treatment system in the coke by-products yard near the south-eastern end of the coke batteries;
  • Installing a slurry wall, interior groundwater collection system, leachate/groundwater treatment system, and an interim cover system at the ATP (OU03);
  • Collecting, treating and disposing or recycling residual wastewater and tar from various pipes, tanks, vessels and containment areas; and
  • Dredging contaminated sediment and restoring flood water flow capacity from the lower reach of Smokes Creek to reduce the potential for upstream flooding.

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.

Site-Related Project Questions
Mr. Stanley Radon
NYS DEC Region 9 Office
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 851-7220

Mr. Larry Thomas
NYS DEC Central Office
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233
(518) 402-8594

Site-Related Health Questions
Matthew Forcucci
584 Delaware Ave
Buffalo, NY 14202

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.

Lackawanna Public Library
560 Ridge Road
Lackawanna, NY 14218

For More Information

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