Consolidated SPDES Renewals
Lead Agency: New York State Department Of Environmental Conservation
Project Title: Availability of Voluntary Cleanup Project Work Plan for Comment
Site Name: Whirlpool Rapids Bridge
Site No. V-00655-9
Project Location: Region 9, Niagara County, Niagara Falls (C)
Brief Project Description:
The Whirlpool Rapids Bridge, constructed in 1897, is one of three bridges connecting the United States and Canada in the Niagara Falls NY area. The Bridge structure and property have been owned and operated by the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission (NFBC) since 1937. Adjacent areas include the Niagara River and the vegetated river gorge wall and slope. The area is part of the New York State Parks system and includes a hiking path which crosses the site along the gorge floor.
Bridge painting operations in the past involved uncontrolled blast cleaning using expendable abrasives without containment of the spent abrasives and paint waste. Deposition if the abrasives resulted in a waste consisting of spent abrasive material and finely divided paint chip particles located in generally discrete piles of material beneath the Bridge arch supports and along the hiking trail below the bridge.
The NFBC has prepared a Remedial Action Work Plan to remove spent abrasive waste materials on the Niagara Gorge slope and public hiking trail located under the bridge. NFBC is working closely with the New York State Department of Parks and Historical Preservation (NYSDPHP) to maintain the natural character of the trail. As such, trail restoration is included as part of the remedial program. Long term monitoring and maintenance will be implemented to ensure the remediation is effective. Further, future use and development of the area will be strictly controlled by the NYSDPHP management of this State park facility.
Public comments on the Remedial Action Work Plan will end November 20, 2003.
Contact person: Michael J. Hinton
NYSDEC Region 9
270 Michigan Avenue Buffalo, New York 14203
Erie County - The Town of Lancaster, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Jiffy Tite will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the expansion of an existing light manufacturing facility approximately 24,000 sq. ft. The project is located at 4437 Walden Avenue in the Town of Lancaster.
Contact: Richard J. Sherwood, 21 Central Avenue, Lancaster, NY 14086, phone: (716) 684-3342.
Niagara County - The Town Board of the Town of Lockport, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Zoning Ordinance Amendment will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves amendment of the Zoning Ordinance of the Town of Lockport by adoption of a Local Law establishing Signs in the Town of Lockport.
Contact: Daniel E. Seaman, 76 West Avenue, Lockport, NY 14094, phone: (716) 433-0032, fax: (716) 433-0032.