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Peters Dry Cleaning

Site Number 932128

Public Meeting: March 12 at 6:30 p.m. 1 Locks Plaza in Lockport.
DEC is accepting written comments about the below draft work plan for 30 days, from February 27, 2015 through March 29, 2015.

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Peters Dry Cleaning facing Willow Street
Peters Dry Cleaning facing Willow Street


Location: Peters Dry Cleaning located at 316 Willow Street, Lockport, New York. It is located in a residential neighborhood of the City and near a City Park.

Site Features: The site is approximately 0.41 acres in size and is used for commercial purposes as a Dry Cleaning establishment. A two story brick structure occupies the majority of the property which houses the dry cleaning operation.

Current Zoning/Use: The site is located in a residential area and is zoned R1 but it has a special use zoning variance for commercial use.

History: Peters Dry Cleaning has been operated as a dry cleaning facility since the late 1930s/early 1940s. Prior to its use as a dry cleaner, the facility was used as a clothing tailor shop. A Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) identified petroleum and chlorinated solvent contamination in the soil and groundwater at the Site. Two storage tanks were also identified during the ESA. Based on the findings of the Phase IT ESA, DEC assigned Spill No. 0475193 to the Site. The two storage tanks were identified at the site include a 1,000-gallon aboveground storage tank (AST) and an abandoned 6,000-gallon underground storage tank (UST). Both tanks were used to store heating oil prior to the facility being connected with natural gas. In April 2005, the AST and UST were removed in accordance with a DEC approved February 2005 Work Plan. These activities are documented in a June 2005 Closure Report.

View of collapsed part of Peters Dry Cleaning buildling
View of collapsed part of Peters Dry Cleaning building

During the abandoned UST removal, approximately 2 cubic yards of petroleum contaminated material (sand) were removed from the Site that had previously been placed into the UST unit as part of its interim or temporary closure. Some minimal petroleum contamination was also identified around the area of the UST. There was also approximately 30 tons of chlorinated solvent contaminated soil removed as part of an additional excavation activity. The 30-tons of soil contaminated with chlorinated solvent were disposed of as hazardous waste.

The Owner submitted a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) Application, dated November 22, 2006 to DEC. The Peters Dry Cleaning BCP Application was approved by DEC on February 21, 2007.

The Draft RI/AAR was submitted in the spring of Spring of 2011. On 07/5/2011, the applicant informed DEC that due to financial limitations, they have requested that the BCA be terminated. Due to the level of contamination on the site, the property was listed on the NYS Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Site in allowing State funds to be used to clean-up the property. While the current owner refused to give DEC access to the property, the City obtained control of the site through a Court Order and will allow the State access to the property to complete the remedial work.

Site Geology and Hydrology: Soil conditions at the Site typically consist of 3 to 5 feet of fill material (fine grained silts and clays) overlaying native soils (granular sands and silts with lesser and varying amounts of gravel). Bedrock was encountered at depths ranging from approximately 10 to 15 feet bgs at the Site. It is expected that bedrock underlying the Site is the Guelph Dolomite of the Lockport Group. Water levels in the overburden wells range from about 3.5 to 5.5 feet below ground surface (bgs) with an average depth of 4.6 feet bgs. Groundwater flow direction is to the northwest.

View of Peters Dry Cleaning site looking towards Willow Street
View of Peters Dry Cleaning site looking towards Willow Street

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

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.

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.

NYS DEC Region 9 Office
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14203
(Call for appointment)

Lockport Public Library
23 East Avenue
Lockport, NY 14094

Who to Contact

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

Project Related Questions:
Michael Hinton
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14203

Site-Related Health Questions:
Matthew Forcucci
584 Delaware Ave
Buffalo, NY 14202

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Aerial view of Peters Dry Cleaning superfund site
Aerial view of Peters Dry Cleaning superfund site