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Project Title: Availability of Remedial Action Work Plan for the Former Hanna Furnace (Union Ship Canal) - Parcel 2, Voluntary Cleanup Site No. V00435-9

Project Location: One-quarter mile east of Route 5 and one-half mile south of Tifft Street, Buffalo, Erie County, New York

Brief Project Description: A Remedial Action Work Plan (RAWP) has been prepared to direct the cleanup of a portion of the former Hanna Furnace iron production site, located in the southern part of Buffalo. The Volunteer is Development Downtown, Inc. (DDI), an economic development agency associated with the City of Buffalo. To allow for future commercial and industrial uses of the site, the Volunteer proposes to cover the entire Parcel 2 area with clean soil, asphalt, and concrete as part of site redevelopment. The investigation of Parcel 2 and the development of the RAWP was completed under the Empire State Development’s (ESD) "ReBuild - Now New York" program. This collaborative effort between ESD, NYSDEC, and the Governor’s Office of Regulatory Reform (GORR) was created to identify, prepare, and market parcels of land throughout New York State that are well-suited for economic redevelopment. Resources from the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Targeted Brownfields Assessment program were also instrumental in completing the project.

The Hanna Furnace site is vacant industrial property currently owned by the Volunteer. The property surrounds the Union Ship Canal and encompasses approximately 113 acres, including the former production area. The 29-acre former production area, known as Parcel 2, lies in the southern half of the former Hanna Furnace site. The proposed Remedial Action Work Plan has been prepared to support the cleanup and redevelopment of Parcel 2.

Several environmental investigations of the Hanna Furnace site have found that the contaminants of concern in the soils and fill include inorganic constituents (metals) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Many of the metals found were associated with the slag fill deposited on the site. The presence of PAHs in Parcel 2 is consistent with its past use as a manufacturing area. With the exception of an elevated pH, the groundwater was not significantly impacted by the industrial activity at the site. The high pH may be associated with the lime that was used as a raw material in the pig iron manufacturing process. Some soils are heavily contaminated with petroleum. The proposed plan includes covering the on-site fill material with clean soil, pavement, or buildings as part of site redevelopment and would prevent exposure to residual subsurface soil contamination. The RAWP includes procedures for the additional testing of soil and fill that may be excavated, graded, or otherwise disturbed during the site development. In addition, the petroleum-contaminated soils will be excavated and either treated on-site or disposed at a permitted off-site disposal facility. The RAWP also includes provisions for the perpetual maintenance and monitoring of the cover system, and annual certifications. Site use limitations will also be placed on the property, restricting it to commercial and industrial usage.

The proposed RAWP is available for public review at the NYSDEC’s Buffalo office (270 Michigan Ave.; please call Mr. David Locey at (716) 851-7220 for an appointment). Written comments will be accepted for 30 days following the date of this notice. Written comments expressing objection or opposition to the work plan should explain the basis of that opposition and identify the specific grounds which could lead the Department to impose significant changes to the work plan. No formal response to comments received is anticipated but, as a result of the comments, the Department may re-evaluate and revise the work plan.

Contact: James E. Malcolm, P.E., NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-7017, (518) 402-9671, fax (518) 402-9679 or at jemalcol@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Negative Declaration

Erie County - Erie County, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Losson Subtrunk and Elimination of the Losson Green and Carefree Pumping Stations will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the installation of approximately 3,900 lf of 8 inch sanitary sewer pipe, manholes, etc., and elimination of the Carefree and Losson Green Pumping Stations. The project is located in the Town of Cheektowaga.

Contact: John Mallory, Jr., Sanitary Engineer, Department of Environment and Planning, phone: (716) 858-6153.

Niagara County - The Niagara County Department of Public Works, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Wolcottsville Road Widening will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the widening of the road from approximately 18.5 ft. to 22 ft. The road will be overlaid with 7 inches of asphalt. Three existing cross culverts will be replaced with larger cross culverts. Six ft. wide crushed stone shoulders will be added to each side. The project is located on Wolcottsville Road, Town of Royalton.

Contact: Kevin P. O'Brien, P.E., Commissioner, Department of Public Works, 59 Park Avenue, Lockport, NY 14094, phone: (716) 439-7242.