Covanta Niagara Rail-to-Truck Intermodal Facility
Below is an abbreviated version of work plans in PDF form for download. To view the complete document, please contact DEC or visit the document repositories listed under Where to Find Information.
- January 2016 Fact Sheet (4 page PDF, 645 KB)
- December 2015 Fact Sheet (4 page PDF, 342 KB)
- Decision Document (22 page PDF, 3.66 MB)
- Remedial Alternatives Analysis Report & Remedial Action Work Plan - Text (Document 1 of 2) (41 page PDF, 1.50 MB)
- Remedial Alternatives Analysis Report & Remedial Action Work Plan - Figures (Document 2 of 2) (3 page PDF, 4.52 MB)
- Remedial Investigation (RI) Report - Text and Appendices (Document 1 of 2) (63 page PDF, 3.74 MB)
- Remedial Investigation (RI) Report - Text and Appendices (Document 2 of 2) (106 page PDF, 2.96 MB)
Location: The project site encompasses approximately 15-acres along the railroad tracks on the eastern edge of a larger, former industrial complex that is located at 137 47th Street in the City of Niagara Falls.
Site Features: The project site is occupied by one approximately 13,700 sq ft building formerly utilized for the maintenance and repair of locomotives; an inactive rail yard; and concrete floor slabs representing remnants of the former industrial complex. The on-site structure is not currently utilized and is in a deteriorated state. The remaining portions of the project site generally consist of aged asphalt, concrete and gravel surfaces with some successional vegetation occurring along the eastern site boundary.
Current Zoning/Use: The site is currently vacant and zoned for industrial use.
Historic Uses: The project site was owned and operated by the Union Carbide Corporation Metals Division, which first developed the complex in the early 1900's. The plant produced special alloys, tungsten, ferroalloys, calcium carbide and ferrovanadium ferrotungsten. Union Carbide's Linde Division also operated a welding flux manufacturing facility on the plant property. Praxair, Inc., the current owner of the property containing the project site, is a corporate successor to Union Carbide's Linde Division. Other industrial operators on the Praxair property have included ESAB, L-Tech, Stratcor, Inc., US Vanadium and UMETCO. From the time of the initial development of the Union Carbide plant, the 15-acre project site was primarily utilized for rail facilities that serviced the plant and other adjacent industries including the former Electromet facility which is the suspected source of the Technically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (TENORM) that has been identified on site.
3/6/13 - DEC signed the Brownfield Cleanup Program Acceptance Letter for this site
4/10/13 - DEC signed the Brownfield Cleanup Agreement for this site
5/01/13 - DEC signed Decision Document
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 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. For more information about the BCP, visit DEC's website.
Where to Find Information
Public interest in this project is valued and appreciated. Project documents are available at the following location 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.
By Appointment at:
NYS DEC Region 9 Office
270 Michigan Ave
Buffalo, NY 14203
Niagara Falls Public Library
8728 Buffalo Ave
Niagara Falls NY 14304
Who to Contact
For more information about activities at the 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-mailing list to receive project updates, please have them contact one of the DEC representatives listed below.
Project Related Questions:
Division of Environmental Remediation
270 Michigan Ave
Buffalo, NY 14203
Site-Related Health Questions:
584 Delaware Ave
Buffalo, NY 14202
For More Information
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Aerial view of Covanta brownfield site