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Niagara Transformer

Site Number C915234

Fact Sheet - December 2010

NYSDEC Certifies Cleanup Requirements Achieved at Niagara Transformer Site in Town of Cheektowaga


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has determined that cleanup requirements at the Niagara Transformer Site, located on Dale Road in the Town of Cheektowaga, have been achieved. NYSDEC approved a Final Engineering Report that documents the cleanup actions performed at the site and issued a Certificate of Completion to Niagara Transformer. A copy of the Certificate of Completion, which certifies that the site has been properly cleaned up and made suitable for redevelopment, is available at the locations identified in this fact sheet.

What Cleanup Actions Were Performed?

An excavator digs up contaminated soil at the Niagara Transformer site
An excavator digs up contaminated soil at the
Niagara Transformer Site

A previous environmental cleanup action, called an Interim Remedial Measure (IRM), was performed in early 2010 to remove approximately 3200 tons of soil contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The IRM involved:

  • Clearing and removal of large trees and brush within the excavation footprint;
  • Identification of impacted soil that exceeded NY State standards for PCBs in 13 locations;
  • Excavation of approximately 3200 tons of impacted soil;
  • Off-site transportation and disposal of the material at a licensed facility;
  • Verification sampling of the sidewalls and floor areas of the excavated areas to ensure cleanup objectives had been achieved;
  • Characterization and off-site disposal of approximately 6 partially crushed and deteriorated drums containing non-hazardous roofing tar residuals;
  • Excavation and on-site relocation of large pieces of concrete rubble from several areas; and
  • Implementation of a community dust monitoring program to protect workers and the surrounding community.

A wheel loader moves contaminated soil for disposal at a permitted facility
A wheel loader moves contaminated soil for disposal at a permitted facility

Are Controls In Place to Ensure Continued Protection of Public Health and the Environment?

Institutional controls and engineering controls are designed to reduce or eliminate exposure to any remaining contaminants of concern. An institutional control is a non-physical restriction, such as an environmental easement, placed on the site when contamination left over after the cleanup action makes the site suitable for some, but not all uses. An engineering control is a physical barrier or method, such as a vapor barrier, to manage contamination.

Because the cleanup achieved NY State standards for industrial reuse, no engineering controls are necessary for the Niagara Transformer site. A Site Management Plan (SMP) has been prepared and an environmental easement has been filed. The following institutional controls have been put in place:

  • The property may only be used for industrial purposes. The property may not be used for any other purposes without additional remediation and amendment of the environmental easement, as approved by NYSDEC.
  • The use of the groundwater underlying the property is prohibited without treatment rendering it safe for its intended use.
  • An Excavation Work Plan has been included in the SMP to assure that future intrusive activities and soil/fill handling at the Site are completed in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.
  • Semi-annual monitoring of the Site stormwater and associated sediment will be conducted for the next 5 years to assess the effectiveness of the remedy. The frequency thereafter will be determined by NYSDEC.
  • A site-wide inspection program will be conducted annually and written certification will be provided to the NYSDEC that the institutional controls have not been altered and those controls remain effective.

Next Steps

No additional site remediation is necessary. NYSDEC issued the Certificate of Completion based on review and approval of a Final Engineering Report submitted by the Niagara Transformer Corp. The Final Engineering Report includes:

  • A description of the cleanup activities completed;
  • Certification that cleanup requirements have been achieved for the site;
  • A description of any institutional/engineering controls to be used; and
  • Certification that a site management plan for any engineering controls used at the site has been approved by NYSDEC.


The Site encompasses approximately 3 acres and is located on Dale Road on the southern side of the intersection of Dale and Anderson Roads in a predominantly industrial and commercial area of Cheektowaga, New York. The Site has been vacant for over 30 years and was previously used for industrial or commercial purposes, including railroad siding and salvage yard activities. Previous releases of PCBs have impacted the Site. Niagara Transformer intends to develop the property for manufacturing purposes.

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

Questions and comments are welcome from the public. If you have a question or comment, please contact the following representatives:

Project Questions:
Patrick Martin
Golder Associates, Inc.
2221 Niagara Falls Boulevard, Suite 9
Niagara Falls, NY 14304
(716) 215-0650

Environmental Questions:
Mr. David Locey
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 851-7220

Health Questions:
Mr. Matt Forcucci
New York State Department of Health
584 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 847-4501

Locations to View Project Documents

To keep you informed, NYSDEC has set up two locations for viewing project documents. These locations include:

Cheektowaga Public Library
Anna M. Reinstein Memorial Branch
2580 Harlem Road
Cheektowaga, NY 14225
(716) 892-8089


NYSDEC Region 9 Office
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 851-7220 (Please call for appointment)

Project documents are also available in electronic format. Links to PDF versions can be found in the right column. Some attachments may not be included due to size limitations. Full documents may be found at the document repositories.