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Allegany Bitumens Belmont Asphalt Plant Site

Site Number C902019

Fact Sheet - December 2012
Allegany Bitumens Update: DEC Certifies Cleanup Requirements Achieved at Brownfield Site

After remediation: Allegany Bitumens site after
After remediation: Allegany Bitumens site

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has determined the cleanup requirements to address contamination related to the Allegany Bitumens Belmont Asphalt Plant ("site") located at 5392 State Route 19 N, Belmont, Allegany County under New York State's Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) have been or will be met. Please see Site Location for the map.

The cleanup activities were performed by Blades Holding Co. Inc. with oversight provided by DEC. DEC has issued a Certificate of Completion (COC) regarding the site. A copy of the Notice of the COC is available at the locations identified below under Where to Find Information.

Institutional and 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 cap or vapor barrier.

Allegany Bitumens site pre-remediation
Before remediation: Allegany Bitumens site

The following institutional controls have been put in place on the site:

  • Ground Water Use Restriction
  • Soil Management Plan
  • Land Use Restriction
  • Groundwater Monitoring Plan

The following engineering control may be necessary at the site if future buildings are constructed:

  • Vapor Mitigation

Next Steps

DEC issued the COC to the applicant based on review and approval of a Final Engineering Report (FER). The FER includes:

  1. A description of the cleanup activities completed;
  2. Certification that cleanup requirements have been or will be 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 DEC.
After remediation: Allegany Bitumens site after
After remediation: Allegany Bitumens site

With its receipt of a COC, the applicant is eligible to redevelop the site. 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 COC may be modified or revoked if, for example, there is a failure to comply with the terms of the agreement with DEC.

By the Numbers

Brownfield Numbers
acres - size of site
135 tons - concrete removed from the site
2,910 tons - contaminated soil removed from the site
47,500 gallons - contaminated groundwater treated

Site Timeline

Before remediation: Allegany Bitumens site predemolition
Before remediation: Allegany Bitumens site

Site constructed
Until 2005
Site used to manufacture asphalt
December: Phase I ESA conducted by Stantec
October 12: Brownfield Cleanup Agreement signed by DEC
2011 - 2012
Remedial Actions Taken


The former Allegany Bitumens, Inc. and A.L. Blades and Sons, Inc. Belmont Asphalt Plant Site is located in an rural area at 5392 State Route 19 in the Town of Amity, Allegany County. The southern limits of the site are at the intersection of Friendship Hill Road (aka Tuckers Corner Road) and Route 19. The Village of Belmont is located approximately one-half mile southeast of the property.

Site Features
The main site features include a soil berm along the north and easterly property line and a raw materials gravel stockpile along the westerly edge and towards the center of the property. Tucker's Creek is located along the eastern property line. Areas in the northeast corner of the property and along the slope to Tucker's Creek are heavily wooded.

After remediation: Allegany Bitumens site after
After remediation: Allegany Bitumens site

Current Zoning
The 5.4 acre site is not zoned and is currently inactive. The surrounding parcels are currently used for agricultural fields and farms. The nearest residential areas are 0.25 miles, and closest public water supply wells are approximately 1600 feet east of the northeast corner of the site.

Historical Use
Until 2005 the site was used to manufacture asphalt. Prior uses that appear to have led to site contamination include an on-site laboratory, where trichloroethylene (TCE) was used as a solvent per a DOT test specification for asphalt. The plant was constructed circa 1960. Prior to that, the property was undeveloped.

A Phase I ESA was conducted in December 2009 in connection with real estate due diligence activities which documented TCE usage in, and storage at, the laboratory building, and was considered to be a "recognized environmental condition". Further investigation was recommended to evaluate the potential that a historic TCE release occurred.

A Phase II ESA conducted in December 2009 confirmed the presence of TCE and related chlorinated volatile organic compounds (CVOCs) above DEC's soil cleanup objectives (SCOs) for protection of groundwater and NYS groundwater standards in the vicinity of the former laboratory building.

Before remediation: Allegany Bitumens site predemolition
Before remediation: Allegany Bitumens site predemolition

Site Geology and Hydrogeology
The site is underlain by varying thicknesses of fill overlying a few to several feet of yellowish brown silts, fine grained sands and gravel. Below this are alternating layers of gray to brownish gray clayey silt, fine grained sand and silty clay.

Approximately one third of the site contains an aggregate stockpile (crushed stone and gravel products in varying grain size) overlying native soils. This material is left over raw materials from a DOT approved source which was stored on site to be used in the production of asphalt.

The shallow groundwater at the site and just north was found to occur within 0-15 feet below ground surface.

The shallow groundwater flow is generally north to northeast in the northern portion of the site and east southeast in the southern portion of the site.

Additional Information

See the Environmental Site remediation Database for additional site details, including environmental and health assessment summaries.

Brownfield Cleanup Program

New York's BCP encourages the voluntary cleanup of contaminated properties known as "brownfields" so that they can be reused and redeveloped. These uses may include recreation, housing, business or other uses. A brownfield is any real property that is difficult to reuse or redevelop because of the presence or potential presence of contamination.

Where to Find Information

Project documents are available at the following location to help the public stay informed. For more information about the BCP, visit DEC's website.

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

Belmont Library & Historical Society Free Library
Attn: Ms Carrie Jeffords
2 Willets Avenue
Belmont, NY 14813

Who to Contact

Comments and questions are always welcome and should be directed as follows:

Project Related Questions:
Anthony Lopes
NYS DEC, Division of Environmental Remediation
270 Michigan Ave
Buffalo, NY 14203-2915

Site-Related Health Questions:
Nathan Freeman
584 Delaware Ave
Buffalo, NY 14202-1295

Site-Development Questions:
Mike Storonsky
61 Commercial Street
Rochester NY 14614
(585) 413-5266

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Site Location

Aerial view of Allegany Bitumens site
Aerial view of Allegany Bitumens site