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Former Geneva Foundry Site

Cleanup Continues at Properties Adjacent to the Former Geneva Foundry Site

2021 Update: Anticipated Work, Geneva Foundry Off-Site: C835027A

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Current Status, Geneva Foundry On-Site: C835027

In 2018, the City of Geneva completed on-site remediation and re-grading of the former Geneva Foundry site in preparation for future redevelopment. Soil that did not meet the standards for restricted residential use was removed from the site and replaced with clean soil. The clean soil was used to establish a two-foot-thick cover across the site, in combination with native soils that met the soil clean-up objectives. Asphalt pavement was used as cover in a small area.

The City of Geneva recorded an Environmental Easement on the site, which restricts the site's future use to restricted residential use, though commercial or industrial use could be permitted based on local zoning. The Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Health (DOH) approved both the Site Management Plan and Final Engineering Report, submitted by the City of Geneva, and issued a Certificate of Completion in March 2019. The site is being managed under an approved Site Management Plan (SMP) by the City of Geneva, with DEC oversight.

Site Details

The former foundry is located on 2.5 acres at 23 and 43 Jackson Street, Geneva, NY (Ontario Co.), in a mixed urban residential/commercial/industrial neighborhood. A foundry was present at the site from the late 1800s until the 1980s, and part of the site was a coal yard until expansion of the foundry in the 1940s. Contamination is present in off-site areas as a result of historical air emissions from the foundry.

NYSDEC Project ID B00019 This is the Environmental Restoration Program (ERP) site which was reclassified to a classification of "N" since remediation was not completed under the ERP and application to the Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) was submitted.

NYSDEC Project ID C835027 This is the BCP site related to the on-site portion of the Former Geneva Foundry site which is classified as "C," the classification assigned to a non-registry (e.g., BCP) site in any remedial program where work is complete. The brownfield cleanup agreement is with the City of Geneva, who is a volunteer in the BCP. "Volunteer" means an applicant other than a participant, including without limitation a person whose liability arises solely as a result of such person's ownership of the site subsequent to the disposal or discharge of contaminants.

NYSDEC Project ID C835027A This is the off-site portion of the Former Geneva Foundry Site. When a BCP site needs off-site investigation/remediation that is not performed by an on-site volunteer, it is necessary to track the off-site work as a separate site. The off-site work is being performed under the State Superfund Program and will proceed on a schedule independent of the on-site cleanup.

Record of Decision (ROD)

The Former Geneva Foundry Site Record of Decision (PDF, 2.06 MB) was issued January 2017. The ROD describes the remedy selected to address contamination associated with the site.

Public Involvement Activities

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the New York State Department of Health (DOH) held Public Availability Sessions on March 27, 2018, July 12, 2017, and October 25, 2016, and a Public Meeting on October 18, 2016 to discuss cleanup of properties in neighborhoods adjacent to the Former Geneva Foundry Site.

View presentations and posters from the March 27, 2018 availability sessions:

Additional information provided at the availability sessions:

What is Exposure? (link leaves DEC's website)

Healthy Gardening (link leaves DEC's website)

Document Access and Other Information

Environmental and health assessment summaries are available at:

Information regarding access to other pertinent documents not linked to this page is provided below under "Document Repositories".

NYSDEC Fact Sheets

The links below provide access to additional Fact Sheets prepared by DEC:

Site Documents

Document Repositories

Complete copies of the documents listed on this web page and other documents pertaining to the Former Geneva Foundry Site are available for public review at the following locations:

  • Geneva Free Library
    244 Main Street
    Geneva, NY 14456
  • NYSDEC, Region 8 Office
    6274 East Avon-Lima Road
    Avon, NY 14414
    Call for an appointment

Other Resources

City of Geneva NY Foundry Information Web Page (link leaves DEC's website). This resource provides additional information about the Former Geneva Foundry Site. For example, the link to the City Council's July 11, 2017 meeting provides information about Access to Fresh Produce, Raised Garden/Flower Beds and Dog-Bark Park Passes that are all City of Geneva programs created in response to the Former Geneva Foundry Site contamination.

Additional information about the project may be obtained by contacting DEC's Avon Office at 585-226-2466 or DEC's Albany Office at 518-402-9814.