154 South Ogden Street
June 2014 Fact Sheet
154 S Ogden Update: Remedy Proposed for Brownfield Site Contamination;
Public Comment Period Announced
Unloading soil from an excavation area into a dump truck
for later testing at the 154 South Ogden St brownfield site
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 154 South Ogden Street Site ("site") located at 154 South Ogden, Buffalo, 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 investigation, NYSDEC in consultation with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has determined that the site does not pose a threat to public health or the environment.
- Remedial Investigation/Interim Remedial Measures/Alternatives Analysis (RI/IRM/AA) Report (143 page PDF, 4.89 MB)
- Proposed Decision Document (11 page PDF, 77 KB)
How to Comment
NYSDEC is accepting written comments about the proposed plan for 45 days, from June 4, 2014 through July 18, 2014. The proposed plan is available for public review at the locations 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 Decision Document
The cleanup plan is described in NYSDEC's Proposed Decision Document, which is based on a more detailed report entitled "Remedial Investigation/Interim Remedial Measures/Alternatives Analysis (RI/IRM/AA) Report". The proposed remedy consists of:
- Limited excavation and off-site disposal of approximately 1,811 tons (1,132 cubic yards) of contaminated soil/fill 2 - 17 feet below ground surface (fbgs) impacted by metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), or petroleum in nine (9) discrete areas of concern (AOCs);
- Placement of a soil cover system to allow for restricted-residential use of the site. The cover will consist either of the structures such as buildings, pavement, sidewalks comprising the site development, or a soil cover consisting of a minimum of two feet of soil meeting the regulatory requirements for restricted residential site use. The soil cover will be placed over a demarcation layer, with the upper layer of soil of sufficient quality to maintain a vegetation layer;
- Institutional Controls including a Environmental Easement with restrictions on groundwater use and Site use to restricted-residential;
- A Site Management Plan that includes provisions for a Site-wide inspection program to assure that the IC/ECs have not been altered and remain effective; and
- Excavation Work Plan to assure that future intrusive activities and soil/fill handling at the Site are completed in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.
The proposed remedy was developed by 154 South Ogden LLC ("applicant") after performing a detailed investigation of the site under New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP).
Summary of the Investigation
An Interim Remedial Measure (IRM) addressed contaminated soil and fill material located on the BCP site where a new building was constructed. The IRM work plan included:
- Excavation and off-site disposal of approximately 1,132 cubic yards of contaminated soil/fill impacted by metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), or petroleum in seven (7) discrete areas of concern (AOC); and
- Site grading to achieve desired sub-grade elevations.
Testing excavated soil with a Photoionic Dectector (PID), metering
the soil for any possible Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC).
The results for this section came up clean.
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. The draft Remedial Investigation/Interim Remedial Measures/Alternatives Report (RI/IRM/AAR) is revised as needed to describe the selected remedy, and will be made available to the public.
Location: The 154 South Ogden Street site is located in an urban area. The site is near the northwest intersection of Mineral Springs Road and is an approximately 21 acre portion of a 26.6 acre parcel.
Site Features: The site is a vacant lot with multiple debris piles, and bound by the Buffalo River to the north, South Ogden Street to the east, railroad tracks to the west and Mineral Spring Road to the south.
Current Zoning/Use: The site is currently inactive, and is zoned for residential and commercial use. The surrounding parcels are currently used for a combination of residential, commercial, and rail right-of-ways. The nearest residential area is directly across South Ogden Street, Mineral Springs Road, and the Buffalo River.
Historical Uses: Historic records indicate that the site was not previously developed; however a portion of the property was previously traversed by the Buffalo River and was filled with concurrent straightening of the river channel. Portions of this site were historically used as a dump.
Site Geology and Hydrogeology: The soil type at the site is generally described as sandy clay with silt intermingled with "Dump material" (ash, black sand, brick, wood, glass), underlain by native poorly graded silty sand. The depth to groundwater is approximately 9-15 feet below ground surface and flows north to northwest toward the Buffalo River.
In November 2012 the Brownfield Cleanup Agreement was executed for this site.
Additional site details, including environmental and health assessment summaries, are available on DEC's website.
Brownfield Cleanup Program
New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program (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
Public interest in this project is valued and appreciated. Project documents are available at the following location to help the public stay informed.
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
Attn: Mary Jean Jakubowski
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY 14203
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
East Clinton Branch
Attn: Susan Carson
1929 Clinton Street
Buffalo, NY 14206
Who to Contact
Comments and questions are always welcome and should be directed as follows:
Environmental Related Questions:
Anthony Lopes, P.E.
Division of Environmental Remediation
270 Michigan Ave
Buffalo, NY 14203-2915
Site Related Health Questions:
Wendy S. Kuehner, P.E.
Empire State Plaza Corning Tower Room 1787
Albany, NY 12237
Project Related Questions:
Thomas H. Forbes, P.E.
TurnKey Environmental Restoration, LLC
2558 Hamburg Turnpike, Suite 300
Buffalo, NY 14218
For More Information
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Aerial view of 154 South Ogden Street site