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Tecumseh Phase IA

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Fact Sheet - April 2010
Environmental Investigation Work Plan for Tecumseh Phase IA Business Park Site Available for Public Comment


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) requests comments as it reviews a draft work plan, called the Remedial Investigation (RI) Work Plan, to investigate the Tecumseh Phase IA Business Park Area, a portion of the former Bethlehem Steel Property, located at 1951 Hamburg Turnpike in the City of Lackawanna, Erie County. The environmental investigation work will be performed by Tecumseh Redevelopment Inc. (Tecumseh) as a participant in New York State's Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP). The BCP provides financial incentives for private property owners or future property owners to clean up and redevelop brownfields. Brownfields typically are former industrial properties that are difficult to redevelop because of the real or perceived presence of environmental contamination.

Public Comments about the RI Work Plan

NYSDEC is accepting written public comments about the draft environmental investigation work plan for 30 days, from April 8 until May 7, 2010. It is available for public review at the locations identified at the end of this fact sheet. Electronic copies can be found in the right column, under "Important Links." Written comments should be submitted to the NYSDEC project manager listed below.

Highlights of the Proposed Environmental Investigation

The environmental investigation has several goals:

  • Define the nature and extent of contamination in soil, surface water, groundwater and any other impacted media;
  • Identify the source(s) of the contamination;
  • Assess the impact of the contamination on public health and/or the environment; and
  • Provide information to support the development of a work plan to address the contamination.

The investigation will be performed by Tecumseh with oversight by NYSDEC. Tecumseh intends to investigate groundwater and soil/slag within the Phase IA Business Park Site for the purpose of characterizing types and sources of contamination and identifying/evaluating cleanup alternatives. The environmental investigation work plan identifies the scope of the investigation and the means by which it will be completed.

Next Steps

NYSDEC will consider public comments when it reviews the draft Remedial Investigation Work Plan for the site. After the plan is approved, Tecumseh may proceed with the environmental investigation of the site. It is estimated that the investigation will be completed in Summer 2010, and a draft investigation report will be available by the end of 2010. NYSDEC will keep the public informed during the investigation and cleanup of the Phase IA site with fact sheets similar to this one.


The Phase IA Business Park Area is a section of the 1,100 acre former Bethlehem Steel property that is now owned by Tecumseh Redevelopment Inc. Tecumseh acquired the entire Bethlehem Steel property in 2003, and BQ Energy cleaned up a portion at its western end in order to construct 8 wind turbines. The portion of the property where the wind turbines now sit is known as Steel Winds I.

The Phase IA Business Park Area covers 9.8 acres. At one time it housed certain buildings and operations that supported Bethlehem's steel making operations. These included a locomotive and vehicle repair facility, a pump station, a boiler house, and a power generating station. Based on these historic operations, the types of contaminants that might be present in the Phase IA Business Park Area at elevated concentrations include petroleum organics, PCBs and heavy metals.

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

Project Questions
Mr. Thomas Forbes P.E.
Project Manager
TurnKey Env. Restoration, LLC
726 Exchange Street, Suite 624
Buffalo, NY 14210
(716) 856-0635

Environmental Questions
Mr. Maurice Moore
Project Manager
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 851-7220

Health Questions
Mr. Cameron O'Connor
Public Health Specialist
NYS Department of Health
584 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 847-4385

Locations to View Project Documents

To keep you informed, the City of Buffalo and DEC have set up two locations at which you may view site-related project documents. These locations include:

Lackawanna Public Library
560 Ridge Road
Lackawanna, NY 14218
(716) 851-7220
Attn: Jennifer Hoffman, Librarian

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 823-0630
(Please call for an appointment)

Electronic versions of project documents are also available in the right column.