NOCO Brownfield Cleanup Program Site
Fact Sheet - January 2010
NYSDEC Certifies Cleanup at NOCO #S41 BCP Site
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has determined that NOCO Energy Corporation (NOCO) has achieved cleanup requirements at the NOCO #S41 site located at 1055 Genesee Street in the City of Buffalo, under New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP).
NYSDEC has issued a Certificate of Completion to the applicant. A copy of the COC is available at the locations identified in this fact sheet. An electronic copy is available under the important links section in the right column.
Completion of Project
NOCO completed soil and underground tank removals in 2008 as an Interim Remedial Measure (IRM). An IRM is a cleanup action that may be conducted to address an obvious environmental problem. It involved:
- Excavating petroleum-impacted soil;
- Removing, treating, and discharging to local Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW) approximately 17,790 gallons of impacted groundwater;
- Removing and properly disposing three underground storage tanks (USTs);
- Sampling the sidewalls and bottom of the excavation to ensure that contaminant concentrations were at or below standards protective of public health and the environment;
- Transporting and disposing impacted soils at a registered waste disposal facility;
- Placing clean gravel in the excavation areas; and
- Preparing a Site Management Plan (SMP) and an environmental easement that describe institutional and engineering controls for the site.
The IRM successfully addressed soil contamination and NYSDEC approved the Final Engineering Report and Site Management Plan in December 2009. The Certificate of Completion was issued on December 24, 2009.
Institutional Controls/Engineering Controls
Institutional controls and engineering controls generally 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 a deed restriction, 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 to manage contamination, such as a soil cap or vapor barrier.
The following institutional and/or engineering controls in effect at the site include:
- Prohibiting the use of groundwater without necessary water quality treatment, as determined by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), and prior notification and approval by the DEC;
- Conducting future intrusive activities and soil/fill handling at the Site in a safe and environmentally responsible manner, in accordance with the Excavation Work Plan;
- Monitoring groundwater according to the Groundwater Monitoring Plan; and
- Inspecting the site and ensuring that the institutional controls have not been altered and remain effective.
NYSDEC issued the Certificate of Completion based on review and approval of a Final Engineering Report submitted by the applicant. 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/engineering controls to be used; and 4) a certification that a site management plan for any engineering controls used at the site has been approved by NYSDEC.
In addition, the applicant:
- has no liability to the State for contamination at or coming from the site, subject to certain conditions; and
- is eligible for tax credits to offset the costs of performing cleanup activities and for redevelopment of the site.
A Certificate of Completion may be modified or revoked if, for example, the applicant does not comply with the terms of its Brownfield Cleanup Agreement with NYSDEC, or if the applicant commits fraud regarding its application or its certification that it has met cleanup levels.
The Site is an approximate 0.75-acre parcel located on the southeast corner of Genesee Street and Fillmore Avenue. The Site is currently vacant but was historically used as a retail gasoline station and convenience store. Previous releases of petroleum from leaking tanks and fuel dispensers contaminated the site.
Who Should I Contact If I Have Questions About the Site?
Project related questions:
NOCO Energy Corp.
700 Grand Island Blvd.
Tonawanda, NY 14150
Environment related questions:
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14203
Health related questions:
547 River Street
Troy, NY 12180
Locations to View Public Documents
Public understanding and involvement are important to the success of New York Brownfields programs. To keep you informed, the NYSDEC has established the following locations where you can view project documents:
Buffalo and Erie County Public Library
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY 14203
NYSDEC's Buffalo Office
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, N.Y. 14203
(please call for appointment)
Project documents are also available in PDF format by clicking the document links in the right column.