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NFG - Mineral Springs MGP

Site Number V00195

September 2013 Fact Sheet

Mineral Springs MGP Update: Corrective Measures Work to Commence

A aerial photo of the site zoomed in
Aerial of site with work area zoomed in

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is providing this fact sheet to report National Fuel Gas Corp. (NFG) will be conducting Corrective Measures work at the NFG - Mineral Springs MGP site ("site") located at 365 Mineral Springs Road, West Seneca, Erie County. Please see the map for the Site Location and areas of planned work. Documents related to the cleanup of this site can be found at the location identified below under Where to Find Information.

Corrective Measures Work Plan

A Corrective Measure is an activity which is performed to address a particular issue or issues which require further investigation, remediation, or documentation to ensure that the site is in compliance with prescribed Institutional and Engineering Controls for the site. A Corrective Measures Work Plan, detailing proposed work has been issued by NFG and is has been accepted by DEC based on its adherence to the site's approved Final Engineering Report - Vol. II Operations and Maintenance Plan (O&M Plan).

Proposed Corrective Measures

Site work is to include removal of contaminated soils found along an area along the site's western boundary where Site-related Purifier wastes were discovered earlier this year while NFG was relocating a fence line. The small deposits of the wastes were reported to DEC in July 2013 and NFG was asked to provide a work plan which would assess and mitigate the contamination. NFG submitted a Corrective Measures Work Plan which proposes completion of the following tasks:

  • A Community Air Monitoring Plan will be implemented to monitor and document air quality close to the work zone.
  • Grading of soils along the fence line area will include evaluation of soils and excavation and off-site disposal of contaminated material encountered.
  • A drainage feature will be created within NFG's property boundary to provide surface drainage control.
  • Acceptable Soil or cover material will be used to finish the grade in the work area.
  • A new fence along the property line will be constructed in compliance with the site's O&M Plan requirements.

Next Steps

The approved work plan will be made available to the public (see Where to Find Information below).

Upon completion of the work, a Construction Completion Report will be prepared that documents the activities that were performed, and will also be referenced in the Site's annual Periodic Review Report.

Background

Location: The 80 acre site is located on Mineral Springs Road in a mixed industrial and residential area along the border between the City of Buffalo and the Town of West Seneca.

Site Features: This site is comprised of numerous structures, paved areas, grassy areas, and some wooded areas. NYS Thruway lies approximately 250 feet to the east of the site. The site is surrounded by mostly wooded and residential areas.

Current Zoning/Use: This site is currently active and zoned for public services gas distribution. It is operated by National Fuel Gas.

Historical Use: The National Fuel Gas Mineral Springs Facility is located at the site of a former Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) facility. Since its original use as a MGP, the property has been redeveloped into a major equipment maintenance and natural gas distribution center.

The remedial work was completed in June 2001. Approximately 32,000 tons of material was removed from the site. A deed restriction has been placed on the property prohibiting use of groundwater and restricting site use to commercial/industrial. A site O&M Plan requiring inspection, groundwater monitoring, and reporting is in place.

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

Voluntary Cleanup Program

New York's Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) was developed to encourage private sector volunteers to investigate and clean up contaminated properties and return these sites to productive use. Once cleaned up, the properties may be redeveloped for commercial, industrial, residential or public use.

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.

NYS DEC Region 9 Office
270 Michigan Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14203
716-851-7220
(Call for appointment)

Who to Contact

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

Project Related Questions:
David Szymanski
NYS DEC, DER
270 Michigan Ave
Buffalo NY 14203
716-851-7220
dsszyman@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Site-Related Health Questions:
Scarlett McLaughlin
NYS DOH
Empire State Plaza
Corning Tower Room 1787
Albany NY 12237
518-402-7860
beei@health.state.ny.us

Development Questions:
Brad Walker
National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation
6363 Main Street
Williamsville NY 14221
WalkerB@natfuel.com

For More Information

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Site Location

Aerial of Mineral Springs site
Aerial of Mineral Springs site