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348 Langner Road

Site Number C915256

January 2014 Fact Sheet

348 Langner Road Update: DEC Certifies Cleanup Requirements Achieved at Brownfield Site

Aerial view of 348 Langner Road Site
Close up view of 348 Langner Road

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has determined that the cleanup requirements to address contamination related to the 348 Langner Road Site ("site") located at 348 Langner Road, West Seneca, Erie County under New York State's Brownfield Cleanup Program have been or will be met. Please see the map for the site location.

The cleanup activities were performed with oversight provided by DEC. DEC has approved a Final Engineering Report and issued a Certificate of Completion for the site. Copies of the Final Engineering Report and Notice of the Certificate of Completion are available at the locations identified below under Where to Find Information.

Completion of Project

The following cleanup activities were completed on site in 2012/2013:

  • Site demolition of the former convenience store, fuel dispensers and associated canopy;
  • Eight petroleum underground storage tanks were excavated and disposed off site;
  • Excavation and off-site disposal of approximately 4,430 tons of non-hazardous petroleum impacted soil from the USTs and product line areas;
  • Re-grade site excavations with approximately 9,540 tons of DEC approved backfill; and
  • Approximately 80,000 gallons of ground water was collected from site excavation areas, treated on-site, and discharged under permit to the sewer.

Based on the results of the site investigation and the IRM performed, the cleanup activities completed to date have resulted in the removal of all known site soil contamination associated with the prior use of the site as a gas station.

Final Engineering Report Approved

DEC has approved the Final Engineering Report, which:

  1. Describes the cleanup activities completed;
  2. Certifies that cleanup requirements have been or will be achieved for the site; and
  3. No institutional or engineering controls have been or will be put in place on the site.

Next Steps

With its receipt of a Certificate of Completion, 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 Certificate of Completion may be modified or revoked if, for example, there is a failure to comply with the terms of the order or agreement with DEC.

Digital Files of the Proposed Decision Document


Location: The Langner Road site is located at the corner of Langner Road and Ridge Road in the Town of West Seneca, NY. NYS Interstate 90 (I-90) is located approximately 0.25 mile to the west.

Site Features: The main site has been redeveloped and features; a gasoline station, convenience/detail/oil change building, four product dispenser islands, pump canopies, a car wash building, and a small lawn area along Langner Road. The remainder of the site is covered by asphalt/concrete.

Current Zoning/Use: The site is zoned commercial. The surrounding parcels are currently used for a combination of commercial and residential. The nearest residential area is 0.5 miles to the south.

Historic Uses: Since the 1950's to present, the site has been used as a gas station. Prior uses that appear to have led to site contamination include the use of multiple petroleum underground storage tanks.

Geology & Hydrogeology: Site overburden consists of roughly four feet of sand/gravel with varying amounts of brick and cinders, underlain by silty clay and a till unit. Bedrock in the vicinity of the site consists predominantly of shale and limestone.

The water table is located between 7-9 feet below ground surface (bgs). Regional groundwater flows west to southwest. The on-site groundwater flows inward towards the center of the site and is heavily influenced by historic and adjacent large scale commercial developments.

Additional site details, including environmental and health assessment summaries, are available on DEC's website.

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 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 for review at the following locations to help the public stay informed.

West Seneca Public Library
Catherine Foertch
1300 Union Road
Buffalo, NY 14224
(716) 647-2928

NYSDEC Region 9 Office
Attn: Mr. Anthony Lopes P.E.
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 851-7220
(Call for appointment)

Who to Contact

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

Environmental Related Questions
Anthony Lopes, P.E.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14203-2999
(716) 851-7220

Health Related Questions
Matthew Forcucci
New York State Department of Health
584 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14202
(716) 847-4501

Project Development Questions
Michael Green
Delta Sonic Car Wash Systems, Inc.
570 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 886-3736

Site Location

Aerial view of 348 Langner Road brownfield site
Aerial view of 348 Langner Road brownfield site