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4630 River Road

Site Number 915258

June 2014 Fact Sheet

Remedy Proposed for Brownfield Site Contamination; Public Comment Period Announced

The public is invited to comment on a proposed remedy being reviewed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to address contamination related to the 4630 River Road Site ("site") located at 4630 River Road, Tonawanda, Erie County. Please see the map for the site location. Documents related to the cleanup of this site can be found at the location(s) identified below under "Where to Find Information."

Based on the findings of the remedial investigation, NYSDEC in consultation with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has determined that the site does not pose a significant threat to public health or the environment.

How to Comment

NYSDEC is accepting written comments about the proposed remedial plan for 45 days, from June 4, 2014 through July 18, 2014. The proposed plan is available for public review at the location(s) identified below under "Where to Find Information." Please submit comments to the NYSDEC project manager listed under Project Related Questions in the "Who to Contact" area below.

Proposed Remedial Plan

The cleanup plan is described in the Alternatives Analysis Report prepared by Panamerican Environmental, Inc., dated May 2014.

Under the proposed remedy, all on-site soil and fill that exceeds unrestricted use soil cleanup objectives (SCOs) would be excavated and transported off-site for disposal. In total, approximately 17,000 to 18,000 cubic yards of soil and fill (both contaminated and uncontaminated) would be excavated to accommodate site development.

The proposed remedy was developed by Giuseppe Holdings, LLC ("the applicant") after completing a detailed investigation of the site under New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP).

Summary of the Investigation

The results of the Remedial Investigation (RI) revealed that several areas across the site contain elevated concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and metals in surface and/or subsurface soils. Groundwater, however, was not impacted by site related contaminants.

Next Steps

NYSDEC will consider public comments, revise the plan as necessary, and issue a final Decision Document. New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) must concur with the proposed remedy. After approval, the proposed remedy becomes the selected remedy. A draft Remedial Work Plan will be prepared by the applicant, and will be made available to the public. The applicant may then design and perform the cleanup action to address the site contamination, with oversight by NYSDEC and NYSDOH.

NYSDEC will keep the public informed throughout the investigation and cleanup of the site.


Site Location: The 4630 River Road Site is located on approximately 3.5 acres of undeveloped land at 4630 River Road in the Town of Tonawanda, Erie County, New York. The site is bounded by the Niagara River to the north, vacant industrial property and a County park to the east, a paved bike path and River Road to the south, and United Refining Company property to the west (see figure at the end of this fact sheet). The site contains no buildings or other structures.

Current Use: The site is currently zoned for waterfront mixed use.

Proposed Use: The proposed redevelopment project consists of: (1) the construction of a marina within the Niagara River for boat docks and slips; (2) the construction of 16 town houses with surface parking spaces; and (3) open green space.

Historic Use: The site was undeveloped until approximately 1972. An aerial photograph from that year shows the presence of a large storm water retention pond that covered two thirds of the property. This pond received storm water from the former Ashland Petroleum Company that was located on adjacent property to the west. The use of this pond was reportedly discontinued in 1982 when operations at the Ashland Petroleum facility ceased.

Closure of the retention pond was completed in 1997 with the removal of the impoundment and excavation of contaminated soils. Following closure of the retention pond, four overburden monitoring wells were installed at the site: two in up gradient locations and two in downgradient locations. All four wells were sampled in October 1999, with the downgradient wells re-sampled in November 2000 and May 2001. Based upon these results, the spill was closed in June 2001 and given an inactive status.

In May 2010, a Phase II Environmental Site Investigation (ESI) was completed to evaluate the property. During the ESI twelve soil borings were completed throughout the property. One sample was submitted for chemical analysis. These results revealed the presence of ethylbenzene and xylenes at concentrations that exceeded the NYSDEC soil cleanup objectives for residential use.

Brownfield Cleanup Program: In August 2011, the current property owner submitted a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application to further evaluate the contamination at the site, and to evaluate remedial alternatives to address this contamination. This site was accepted into the BCP in October 2011, with an agreement between the applicant and the Department executed in December 2011.

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Where to Find Information

Project documents are available at the locations identified below to help the public stay informed. In addition, you may also view electronic copies of project documents, which are available in the right column under the Important Links section.

Tonawanda Library
333 Main Street
Tonawanda, NY 14150

NYS DEC Region 9 Office
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14203
Phone: (716) 851-7220
(Please call for appointment.)

Who to Contact

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

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

Health Questions
Mr. Matthew J. Forcucci, Public Health Specialist III
584 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 847-4501