Vibratech Inc. State Superfund Site
Below are fact sheets and abbreviated versions of work plans (if available) for this site in PDF form for download. To view the complete document, please contact DEC or visit the document repositories listed under Where to Find Information.
The Vibratech site is located in a mixed industrial/commercial/residential area in the City of Buffalo. Two and three story brick buildings cover more than half of this 10.3 acre site.
The site was utilized for the manufacture of vibration dampeners and rotary shock absorbers for the truck and railroad industry. Specific operations at the plant included chip turning, assembly of components, heat treating and plating. The plant operated from 1927 through the mid 1990s.
In the early 1990's solvent contamination of shallow soil was identified in a railroad spur at the south end of the site. Groundwater down gradient of the rail spur was also contaminated with solvents. Vibratech Inc. excavated contaminated soil to bedrock, treated the soil using ex-situ vapor extraction and returned treated soil to the rail spur. A Record of Decision (ROD) was signed in March 1997 which documented the removal action and required routine groundwater monitoring.
Groundwater in the vicinity of the rail spur flows in a westerly direction, under the southern portion of the facility, infiltrating the Winchester Avenue sewer. Groundwater solvent concentrations steadily decreased following soil treatment. Low levels of solvent contamination remained in the groundwater requiring continued groundwater monitoring.
In 2002, oil product was identified in several monitoring wells at the facility. Since that time, several investigations have been completed to identify the source of the petroleum. In 2006 DEC removed one underground petroleum storage tank and cleaned out an adjacent underground petroleum storage tank. The source of petroleum contamination remains unknown.
In 2009, the United States Environmental Protection Agency removed hazardous materials from inside the site buildings including asbestos, PCB containing light ballasts and contaminated floor sweepings.
In 2010, the Department initiated an investigation to assess the potential for contaminated soil vapor at the site. Contaminated soil vapor can enter buildings through basements and crawl spaces, potentially contaminating indoor air. Additional investigation will be completed to further assess this potential route of exposure.
State Superfund Program
New York's State Superfund Program (SSF) identifies and characterizes suspected inactive hazardous waste disposal sites. Sites that pose a significant threat to public health and/or the environment go through a process of investigation, evaluation, cleanup and monitoring. DEC attempts to identify parties responsible for site contamination and require cleanup before committing State funds. For more information about the SSF, visit DEC's website.
Where to Find Information
Public interest in this project is valued and appreciated. Project documents are available at the following locations to help the public stay informed. You may also view electronic versions of project documents in the Digital Files section above (if available). Large documents may be abbreviated to meet DEC's file size requirements for posting to the website. Hard copies of full project documents are available at the listed locations.
NYS DEC Region 9 Office
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14203
(Call for appointment)
Who to Contact
For more information about activities at this site, or if you have questions, comments, or concerns, we encourage you to contact the representatives listed below. If you know anyone who would like to be added to the e-mail list to receive project updates, please have them contact one of the DEC representatives listed below.
Project Related Questions
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14203
(Please call for an appointment)
Site-Related Health Questions
Mr. Matt Forcucci
584 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202