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Region 9 - Environmental Remediation Project Information

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Calendar of Scheduled Public Meetings and Comment Periods - for sites in DEC's cleanup programs in Region 9.

DEC's Division of Environmental Remediation in Region 9 is responsible for investigating and cleaning up sites throughout Western New York that were contaminated from past industrial activities. These sites that were once economic engines for the region now contribute to environmental degradation, potential health problems, urban decay, decreased tax revenue, and population loss.

Niagara Sanitation Company report uploaded: click here to jump to the Niagara Sanitation section.

The former Power City Warehouse in Niagara Falls. DEC completed a site characterization and referred it to EPA for lead and asbestos abatement. Former Republic Steel and former Buffalo Color along the Buffalo River. Republic has been cleaned up and Buffalo Color is being demolished and remediated under the Brownfield Cleanup Program. Former Bethlehem Steel plant in Lackawanna. Part of the property has been remediated and redeveloped into a wind farm (see picture below). An excavator demolishes a building at the former Spaulding Composites complex in Tonawanda. The site has been completely remediated under the Superfund and Environmental Restoration Programs.

New York State's environmental cleanup programs are transforming these sites, paving the way for restored ecological habitat, waterfront development, clean energy, new jobs, recreational opportunities, and enhanced appreciation of the environment. DEC is committed to cleaning up, restoring, and protecting Western New York's environment so it may be enjoyed and utilized both today and tomorrow.

The riverbank adjacent to the DC Rollforms site in Jamestown was remediated and reconstructed to prevent contaminant migration into the Chadakoin River. The HealthNow building (blue) was constructed over a remediated former manufactured gas plant. Buffalo City Hall sits in the background. (Photo courtesy of HealthNow) The Steelwinds project, conducted under the Brownfield Cleanup Program, built 8 windmills on the remediated former Bethlehem Steel property along the shores of Lake Erie. (Photo courtesy of Mark Webster) The Buffalo Outer Harbor site was cleaned up into a public green space featuring a recreational trail and restored ecological habitat. (Photo courtesy of NFTA)

Site numbers are linked to the public environmental remediation database. PDF documents available on the project pages may be abbreviated, but full project documents are always available at the site's document repository.

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Allegany

  • Looking west at the asphalt manufacturing equipment
    Allegany Bitumens site
    Allegany Bitumens Asphalt Plant (Site Number C902019) - The Allegany Bitumens site is approximately 5 acres, located in a primarily agricultural area. The site was previously used as an asphalt plant by Allegany Bitumens, Inc. and A.L. Blades and Sons, Inc. from approximately 1960 until 2005. Since 2005, the site has been unoccupied. A laboratory is located in the northwest corner of the Site. The laboratory was used for testing of aggregate and asphalt materials. Trichloroethene (TCE) was reportedly used as a solvent in the testing operations, and previous investigations indicated the presence of TCE and related volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in an area northeast of the laboratory building. These VOCs were detected in shallow soil and groundwater at levels above New York State standards.
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  • Cuba Landfill (Site Number 902012) - The Cuba Landfill site is a former municipal solid waste landfill and a New York State Class 2 inactive hazardous waste site. A Class 2 site is one that poses a significant threat to human health and/or the environment and requires action. It operated as a municipal landfill from the 1950s until 1981. The landfill accepted household, commercial and industrial waste, including industrial waste from Acme Electric Corporation (AEC). AEC disposed of solvents, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) capacitors, plating sludge and paint sludge. Wastes were deposited in trenches 10-15 feet wide, 4-10 feet deep and hundreds of feet long. The remedy for the site involves consolidating wastes into a single cell and capping the landfill.
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Cattaraugus

  • 202 Franklin Street (Site Number C905043) - This site is a 5.159-acre site located in an urban area in the City of Olean. The site is relatively flat and includes a 1.83-acre paved parking lot. The remainder of the site is vacant land covered by brush, small to mature trees, and exposed remnants of former buildings (e.g. Concrete pads, bricks, etc.). The site is currently inactive and zoned for commercial industrial use. The nearest residential area is 0.3 miles to the south and east. Until 1962 the site was used for manufacturing wastebaskets, vases, etc. from reprocessed waste. Prior uses that appear to have led to site contamination include USTs, boiler, power plant, painting, wood alcohol, and paper pulp operations.
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  • 211 Franklin Street/Solepoxy (Site Number 905038 and C905038) - This BCP site is located in the City of Olean, Cattaraugus County. The site is bordered by a parking lot and an athletic field to the north and northwest, residential properties to the northeast and railroad corridors to the southwest and southeast. The nearest residential property is approximately 120 feet northeast of the site. Site Features: The site is approximately 5.7 acres in size. A single one and two-story industrial building, with partial basement, covers approximately 90% of the site. Current Zoning and Land Use: The site is currently zoned and used for industrial purposes in manufacturing epoxies and resins. Past Use of the Site: The site has historically been used for various manufacturing operations including manufacturing chemicals, glass bottles, metal furniture and metal wares. Painting, polishing, and plating operations historically occurred on the site.
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    • RCRA, site 905038: DECinfo Locator
    • BCP, site C905038: DECinfo Locator
  • 229 Homer Street (Site Number C905044) - The site is a 3.34 acre site in an urban area bound by Two Mile Creek and Homer Street to the west, a solid waste transfer station to the northeast, Southern Tier Rail Authority rail lines to the southeast, and the 251 Homer Street BCP site to the southwest. The site is relatively flat and includes one approximate 5,575 square foot building used for office, maintenance, and storage. The site is zoned for commercial use and currently occupied by a construction contractor with an office and yard used for storage of construction equipment. From the 1880s to 1950 the site was used for oil refinery purposes and as a petroleum tank farm which has led to site contamination. Former refinery tanks and buildings were removed in 1964. Abandoned refinery piping containing petroleum has been identified as extending onto 229 Homer Street Site.
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  • 251 Homer Street (Site Number C905037) - The project site is situated in an industrially zoned area of the City of Olean, Cattaraugus County, New York. The site currently consists of 16.68 acres of vacant land that was originally developed in 1890 for the oil industry and used for refinery purposes and as a petroleum storage tank farm. Historically, nearby adjoining properties were also developed and utilized in association with oil refining operations and petroleum storage. Petroleum refining operations ceased in 1954. Previous preliminary environmental investigations at the site revealed a number of environmental impacts. Samples of soil revealed concentrations of various organic compounds and metals that exceeded New York State standards.
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  • 291 Homer Street (Site Number C905042) - The site is located in the City of Olean and is comprised of two tax parcels at the corner of Homer and Johnson Streets. The site is zoned Industrial and is currently occupied by MJ Painting Contractor Corporation, a commercial and industrial painting contractor. The 299 Homer St. parcel is also zoned industrial. The site was owned by Vacuum Oil Company (predecessor of Socony-Vacuum Oil Company, Inc.) from 1913 until approx. 1954. The area in the vicinity of the Site was used for industrial operations including, but not limited to, petroleum storage and refining, leather tanneries, heavy and light manufacturing, chrome plating, fertilizer manufacturing and railroad facilities.
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  • Click to view Gowanda fact sheet
    Aerial view of Gowanda site
    AVM Gowanda (Site Number 905025 and V00148) - DEC) is cleaning up this site located at One Industrial Place in Gowanda. The site is listed as a Class "2" site in the State Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Sites. A Class 2 site represents a significant threat to public health or the environment - action is required. The site is located in an urban portion of Cattaraugus County. The main site features include two large buildings and two small storage sheds surrounded by paved parking areas. A small portion of the site area is wooded while the remaining area is open field. The site is currently used by the Village of Gowanda Department of Public Works and is zoned for industrial/commercial use. Until 1979, the site was used for metal machining and stamping. These historic operations along with improper waste disposal practices appear to have led to contamination of soil and groundwater at the site.
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    • Superfund, site number 905025: DECinfo Locator
    • Voluntary Cleanup Program, site V00148: DECinfo Locator
  • Former Signore Facility (Site Numbers 905023, C905034) - The Former Signore Facility BCP site is located at 55 Jefferson Street, Ellicottville, Cattaraugus County. The property has been used for manufacturing purposes for over 50 years. The facility was primarily used for the machining and fabrication of metal parts. In 1986, the Signore facility underwent a soil and groundwater sampling program which identified Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) contamination. Specifically, trichloroethene (TCE) and trichloroethane (TCA) were identified as contaminants of concern at the site. Down gradient public and private drinking water wells were impacted. The contamination was attributed to spills, leakage and other plant operations.
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    • Superfund Program: DECinfo Locator
    • Brownfield Program: DECinfo Locator
  • Olean fact sheet
    Aerial view of Olean Redevelopment site
    Olean Redevelopment (Site Numbers C905031, C905032, C905033) - Beginning in the late 19th century, various oil refineries used this site and adjacent properties for oil refining, storage and distribution operations until 1954. Agway, Inc. purchased the site in 1966 to manufacture fertilizer until 1983. In 2007, ExxonMobil purchased the site. ExxonMobil submitted applications for the BCP, and agreements were signed in 2009 for the three parcels comprising the site.
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    • Parcel 1: DECinfo Locator
    • Parcel 2: DECinfo Locator
    • Parcel 3: DECinfo Locator
  • Scott Rotary Seals (Site Number C905036) - The Scott Rotary Seals site is a 2-acre parcel of vacant land located in a historic heavy industrial area of the City of Olean. The site and surrounding area had been developed as a petroleum refinery with numerous above-ground storage tanks and heavy industrial operations. The site was once a portion of a larger petroleum refinery and petroleum bulk storage facility known as the Socony-Vacuum facility. Several debris piles containing brick, concrete, metal and piping are present on-site. Petroleum contamination is impacting site soils.
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Chautauqua

Erie

  • Click to view Gates Circle fact sheet
    Aerial view of Gates Circle site
    3 Gates Circle (Site Number C915272) - This brownfield site is located at 3 Gates Circle in the City of Buffalo. It consists of approximately 6.9 acres and encompasses the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle hospital complex. The site was initially developed for residential use and partially used for tricycle manufacturing pre-1900. By 1916 the site was beginning to be operated as a hospital facility, with continued expansion of the hospital complex through the early 1970's (i.e. Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital).
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  • 19 north street
    19 North Street site
    19 North Street (Site Number C915303) - The site is located in the City of Buffalo at the intersection of North Pearl Street and North Street, adjacent to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The site is vacant with a small parking area in the eastern portion of the site. The Site fronts to North Street. The Phase I ESA indicated that the BCP Site was occupied by residential dwellings. By 1951, the residence at 23 North Street had become a radio station. By 1981, the residence at 19 North Street had been removed and replaced with a radio tower. Urban fill has been historically used throughout Buffalo to bring properties to grade during excavation and construction.
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  • 25 Rano Street (Site Number C915323) - The site is located in an industrial, commercial and residential area of the City of Buffalo. It is bound by Rano Street to the north, vacant land owned by the City of Buffalo that was formerly a railroad to the south, a commercial manufacturing facility to the east, and Tonawanda Street to the west. The nearest water body is the Niagara River located 0.37 miles west of the site. Scajaquada Creek is approximately 1.2 miles south of the site. The site is mostly vacant land with concrete sidewalks, asphalt parking areas, landscaping, and one vacant 312,760 square foot industrial structure that was historically used as a metal plating facility among other industrial uses. The redevelopment plans for the site include an indoor sports complex with the possible future development of commercial and residential use buildings. The site has been vacant since 2008. From 2010 to December 2011, asbestos abatement and repair of asbestos in the building was completed by the EPA along with the removal of solid and liquid hazardous and non-hazardous waste. The remaining industrial structure is vacant and dilapidated.
  • 31 Tonawanda Street (Site Number C915299) - The site consists of two separate parcels on Tonawanda Street in the Black Rock section of the City of Buffalo. The property contains an irregularly shaped, approximately 115,000 square foot building that occupies the majority of the property. In the late 1800s, the United States Electric Light and Power Company of Buffalo (later called the Buffalo General Electric Company) had a plant for arc lighting on the southern portion of the 31 Tonawanda Street property while the Thompsons Shingle Mill was located on the northern portion.
  • 68 Tonawanda Street (Site Number C915316) - This site is located on approximately 1.74 acres of land at 68 Tonawanda Street in the Black Rock section of the City of Buffalo. The site is bordered by rail lines and vacant undeveloped industrial and commercial properties to the west; the 31 Tonawanda Street Site (Site No. C915299) to the north; Tonawanda Street, mostly vacant commercial and industrial properties, and Scajaquada Creek to the east; and a vacant residential/restaurant structure, a vehicle repair shop and Niagara Street to the south. The property contains the former New York Central Freight House and Office. The property has been associated with rail operations since the mid-late 1800s. In February 2013, a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) was completed on the property. This was followed by the completion of a limited Phase II ESA in March 2014, and a second Phase II ESA in January 2016. These Phase II ESA's documented the presence of semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and metals at concentrations that exceeded the residential and restricted residential soil cleanup objectives (SCOs). Volatile organic compounds and pesticides were also detected but at concentrations below the SCOs. Groundwater at the site was not evaluated during the Phase II ESA's.
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    Aerial view of 89 LaSalle site
  • 89 LaSalle Avenue (Site Number C915283) - The proposed BCP site is located at 89 LaSalle Avenue in the City of Buffalo, Erie County. The site consists of 4 parcels totaling approximately 10.61 acres and is currently vacant with the exception of City-owned tennis courts and parking areas. The site is currently zoned for residential and commercial use, and is also used recreationally. The southeastern half of the site, including the City-owned parcel, was used as a stone quarry from approximately 1915 through 1950. The quarry was subsequently used by the City of Buffalo as a landfill in the 1950s and 1960s for the disposal of demolition debris, ash, railroad ballast and reportedly some municipal waste. The northwestern half of the site was used as a lumber yard since the early 1900s. More recently, some of the structures on this portion of the site were used for automotive storage after the lumberyard closed. There were no other uses noted for this portion of the site.
  • 90 Hopkins Street (Site Number E915181) - The 90 Hopkins Street site is 8.25 acres located off Hopkins Avenue in the City of Buffalo, Erie County, approximately 1/4 mile south of the Tifft Street intersection. The site is situated in an urban industrial area.
  • 73-79 W. Huron St (Site Number C915282) - The 73-79 W. Huron Street is a 0.576 acre site located in Buffalo, in Erie County. The site consists of a building and a parking lot. The six story rectangular parking garage is at 73 W Huron. The parking lot portion of the site is used for commercial purposes. Following a site cleanup, the building will be redeveloped for mixed commercial/residential use. The six-story building was constructed in the early 1900s as a horse stable. It was later converted to an automobile parking ramp. Historical activities included the use of petroleum products in above ground drums and underground tanks.
  • 111 Hydraulic Street (Site Number C915235) - The 111 Hydraulic Street site in the City of Buffalo is approximately 3 acres. Since 1940, the site has been used by dry cleaning, linen and laundry services, commercial retail stores, offices, auto body repair shops, gas tank removal and refurbishing services, and door and radiator sand blasting services. Site investigations conducted in 2006-07 and 2009-10 revealed the presence of petroleum hydrocarbons, polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and metals.
  • Click to view 125 Main Street fact sheet
    Aerial view of 125 Main Street site
    125 Main Street (Site Number C915262) - The site is an approximately 2.185-acre parcel located in the historic canal district of the City of Buffalo, Erie County, New York. The site was historically utilized for various commercial and industrial purposes since at least the early 1800s, including commercial storefronts, restaurants, hotel, the Lehigh Valley Railroad Passenger Station, contractor's yard, junk yard, former Quay Street, A. Krauss Hide and Wool Warehouse, Forbush and Brown Boot and Shoe manufacturing company, tin shop, paint shop, Patent medicine manufacturer, wire works, and the former Hamburg Canal. The site was utilized as the General William J Donovan State Office Building from approximately 1961 through 2008 and is currently vacant.
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  • 129 Holden Street (Site Number C915261) - From 1877 to 1948, the Buffalo Cement Co. operated this site for mining. In 1958 the site was developed by Central Park Shopping Center, Inc. In addition to shopping stores, other businesses such as auto repair, photographic processing, and dry cleaning also occupied the Central Park Plaza. The site has been vacant since July 2011.
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  • Click to view 132 Dingens Street site
    Aerial view of 132 Dingens Street site
    132 Dingens Street (Site Number C915263) - This 13-acre site is located at 132-136 Dingens Street in Buffalo. Most of the contamination occurred before 1966, at that time, the area was built up to its current grade with mixed fill that contributed to the semi-volatile organic compound (SVOC) and heavy metal contamination. A fuel service company with numerous petroleum aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) and underground storage tanks (USTs) operated at the site until 1966 when it was purchased for a food distribution warehouse. The warehouse was constructed in 1974. The warehouse burned down in 2011. DEC accepted written comments about the draft investigation work plan for 30 days, from July 10, 2012 through August 10, 2012.
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  • Click to view 154 S Ogden fact sheet
    Aerial view of 154 S Ogden site
    154 South Ogden Street (Site Number C915268) - This brownfield site is located in an urban area. It is a 21 acre site of a 26.6 acre parcel. The site is a vacant lot with multiple debris piles, and bound by the Buffalo River to the north, South Ogden Street to the east, railroad tracks to the west and Mineral Spring Road to the south. Historic records indicate the site was not previously developed; however a portion of the property was previously traversed by the Buffalo River and was filled with concurrent straightening of the river channel. Portions of this site were historically used as a dump.
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  • 166 chandler holdings
    Aerial view of 166 Chandler Holdings site
    166 Chandler Holdings, LLC (Site Number C915320) - The site is located in the City of Buffalo and consists of one parcel totaling approximately 0.48 acres of land. The site is bound to the south by Chandler Street, to the west by a vacant building and lot, to the north by a railroad line and to the east by a vacant lot used for storage. The property is located within an urban area, utilized for industrial, commercial, and residential purposes. The 166 Chandler parcel has one 43,000 square foot four-story building located on the eastern portion of the site. Historic industrial fill and rubble resulting from the demolition of old buildings, as well as piles of soil/debris are located within the western parking area. The structure was originally constructed in 1907 as a dairy machine manufacturer with additions to the building in 1909, 1919, 1927, and 1931. Former usages also included grocery, Linde Air Products, Sponge Air Seat Co., and Barcalo Mfg (furniture manufacturer). Several fires occurred during the 1980s and 1990s that resulted in demolition of the western portion of the building. The building has been vacant for over 20 years. A Phase II Investigation conducted in 2016 reported that soil/fill at the site is contaminated with metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The nature and extent of contamination will be determined as part of the ongoing Remedial Investigation (RI).
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  • 193 Ship Canal Parkway (Site Number C915240) - This brownfield site is located in the Buffalo Lakeside Commerce Park, the partially redeveloped former location of the Hanna Furnace iron foundry, on the southern boundary of the City of Buffalo, near NY State Route 5 and the Union Ship Canal. The site includes numerous piles of construction and demolition debris. There is also a dry pond, several feet deep, excavated in 2004 to accept groundwater pumped from the excavations dug to install the sewers and other utilities for the commerce park. The site was investigated and it was determined that it did not pose a significant threat. The site is currently inactive and located in a district currently zoned for heavy industrial use. Two nearby parcels in the commerce park were redeveloped under the Brownfield Cleanup Program and are occupied by manufacturing facilities (Certainteed, Site #C915185 and Cobey, Site #C915202). A third parcel, the Hanna Furnace Subparcel 3 site (#B00164) was remediated under the Environmental Restoration Program and is a municipal park. Until 1980, the site was once part of the rail yard that serviced the Hanna Furnace iron foundry and was the area in which the pig iron was often stored. The foundry and rail yard were constructed on what was previously marsh land that had been backfilled with steel and iron slag, presumably for other foundries in the Buffalo/Lackawanna area.
  • 250 Delaware Ave (FKA 233 South Elmwood Avenue and 234 Delaware Avenue) (Site Number C915271) - This approximately 1.96 acre site is located in the entertainment district of Buffalo. A two story "L"- shaped building, referred to as the Delaware Court Building, built in 1925 for mixed commercial use occupied approximately one third of the site parcel. The Delaware Court Building was previously utilized as a mixed-use commercial building. A single-story building that was formerly utilized as a retail gasoline station with a convenience was also on the site.

    Aerial view of 285-295 Niagara St site
  • 285-295 Niagara Street (Site Number C915259) - The site is located within the City of Buffalo, and is comprised of two adjoining parcels that total approximately 0.68 acres. The northern portion of the Site has a history of manufacturing and commercial operation, and was utilized as a carriage manufacturing operation and blacksmith shop, as well as a painting and varnishing operation since 1889. Around 1900, a bicycle manufacturing operation occupied the southern portion of the parcel including a machine shop and metal plating operations. The southern portion of the site was utilized as an automobile filling station and car wash, beginning around 1961. The building and gas station were demolished in the winter of 2014. Construction of a multi-story tower building for hotel, business office, retail use and a multi-story parking garage for the new building tenants.
  • Click to view Franklin Street fact sheet
    Aerial view of Franklin Street site
    275 Franklin Street (Site Number C915208) See also 432 Pearl Street (Site Number C915237) - This brownfield site encompasses two contiguous parcels located at 275-277 Franklin Street (~0.13 acres), and 279 Franklin Street (~0.12 acres) in the City of Buffalo. The site is situated in an urban commercial district, currently used as a commercial surface parking lot approximately 0.25 acres in size. 279 Franklin Street: This lot was used for residential purposes from the late 1800s through the 1950s, and as a parking lot from the early 1980s to present. Previous use of the lot does not reveal any recognized environmental concerns. 275-277 Franklin Street: In the late 1800s, the lot contained a residence with a carriage shed facing Asbury Alley. By the 1950s, the residence was replaced with a commercial use building, and record information indicates the structure was used by a dry cleaning business from approximately 1951 through the early 2000s. The building on the parcel was demolished in 2004 by the applicant. The building area of the parcel was subsequently paved over and is currently being used as a commercial surface parking lot. Future development plans for the site and adjoining BCP site (C915237) consists of a hotel with conference and parking facilities.
  • 295 Maryland Street (Site Number C915242) - The site consists of 1,495 acres of contiguous property at 295 Maryland and 129 West Avenue. The Site was historically used in a residential and commercial capacity with the property at 295 Maryland Street most recently occupied by Lamar Advertising, Inc., a firm specializing in the sale of billboard advertising space and erection of billboard signs.
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  • Arial view of 300 Ohio Street site
    Aerial view of 300 Ohio St site
    300 Ohio Street (Site Number C915257) - The site is approximately 5 acres, located in a historically industrial area of the City of Buffalo. The majority of the site was utilized as a gasoline/diesel filling station and a petroleum distribution operation since at least 1925. Until the late 1990s portions of the site was used as an auto/truck gas and service station, dating back to 1925. The two buildings on the northern portion of the site along Chicago and Mackinaw Street (E&B Machinery and Central Manufacturing) operated a machine shop, trucking terminal and coffin and cooperage manufacturing operations. The site has been closed since the late 1990's. The main site features include a truck terminal, restaurant/office building, five pump islands with product dispensers, and three abandoned buildings. A majority of the site is paved. Grass covered areas are present in the northwest quadrant of the site.
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  • 301 Connecticut (Site Number C915345) - The site is a 0.86-acre site located at 301 Connecticut Street in the City of Buffalo. The site consists of a vacant commercial structure, a single-story building owned by D'Youville College, and an asphalt parking lot.
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  • Click to view 318 Urban Street site
    Aerial view of 318 Urban Street site
    318 Urban Street (Site Number 915151) - This site is 2.5 acres located at 318 Urban Street in Buffalo. DEC has determined the cleanup requirements to address contamination under New York's State Superfund Program (SSF) have been or will be met.
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  • 348 Langner Road (Site Number C915256) - The site is an approximate 2.6 acre parcel located at the corner of Langner and Ridge Road, and is currently used as a car wash and gas station. The site has been a gas station since the 1950's. Operations as a gas station have impacted on-site soil/fill and groundwater with VOCs and SVOCs pounds which will require remediation.
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  • 399 Ohio Street Site (Site Number C915287) - The 399 Ohio Street Site is located in an urban area of the City of Buffalo. The site is approximately 1/4 mile south of the intersection with Michigan Avenue. The site is currently improved with an approximately 10,000 square foot vehicle maintenance and office building, with the remainder of the site covered by asphalt and/or concrete. The site is bordered by the River Fest Park to the north, a rowing club to the south, Ohio Street to the east, and the Buffalo River to the west. The site is zoned for commercial use and currently used for various storage, recycling of road base materials from the Ohio Street re-construction project, and a maintenance building. The surrounding parcels are currently used for a combination of commercial, light industrial, and utility right-of-ways. The nearest residential area is 0.3 miles to the east. The site has been utilized for various industrial and commercial operations since at least 1889. Operations included rail lines, material handling and shipping equipment maintenance, and the use and storage of paints, solvents, thinners, greases, hydraulic oils and lubricants common among former commercial operations. More recently property uses have included the operation of bus and trucking terminal and maintenance operations, including the placement of underground storage tanks, aboveground storage tanks, and fuel dispensing pump(s).
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  • Click to view Franklin Street fact sheet
    Aerial view of Pearl Street site
    432 Pearl Street (Site Number C915237) See also 275 Franklin Street (Site Number C915208) - The BCP site consists of two non-contiguous parcels in the City of Buffalo, located at 432 Pearl Street (0.45 acres) and at 267 Franklin Street (0.25 acres). The two parcels are adjacent to each other, but are separated by Asbury Alley. The site is situated in an urban commercial district. The site is adjacent to BCP site C915208. The 432 Pearl Street parcel is a paved commercial parking lot. The 267 Franklin Street parcel contains an occupied apartment building with a paved parking lot for the tenants. 432 Pearl Street: In the late 1800s, the northern half of the parcel consisted of four separate lots with residential buildings facing Pearl Street and carriage sheds facing Asbury Alley. By the 1940s, one of the residences was demolished and converted to a surface parking lot. The balance of these residences were demolished in subsequent years and also converted to surface parking lots. No known date concerning the demolition of the residences and conversion to parking lots is available or provided. Continuing southward along this parcel, in the late 1800s, two lots also contained residences and two lots contained apartment/rooming houses. By the mid 1920, the two residences were replaced by a retail commercial building (record use indicates that a heating equipment company occupied the building). By the 1940s, the commercial building and apartment/rooming houses were demolished and converted to surface parking. 267 Franklin Street: In the late 1800s through 1926, land use consisted of two separate apartment buildings on this parcel. The northern half of the 267 Pearl Street parcel contained a residential apartment building facing Franklin Street. The apartment building appears to have been demolished between 1925 and 1946. Future development plans for the site, in conjunction with BCP site C915208, consists of a hotel with conference and parking facilities.
  • 441 Ohio Street (Site Number C915285) - The Site is located in an urban area with an official street address at 9 South Street near the intersection of Ohio Street in the City of Buffalo. The site is a 1.78-acre portion of a larger 2.25 acre parcel. The land surface is only several feet above the water level of the adjoining Buffalo River and is situated within the 100 year floodplain of the river. The non-BCP portion of the 2.25 acre parcel is considered lands under water along the Buffalo River. This area may have been previously dredged to allow docking of commercial freight ships and barges. Current improvements consist of a recently constructed five story apartment building (2017). Previous improvements on the site consisted of a 500 x 100 foot 2-story wood framed building that occupied most of the site. The building was in an extremely dilapidated condition and had been condemned by the City of Buffalo Building Department. The building structure and most of the foundation was demolished in Spring 2015. A stone foundation wall abutting the Buffalo River was retained to be used as a retaining wall and historic riverfront architectural remnant desired by the local preservation community. The balance of the site is mostly paved or covered with gravel with some minor vegetated strip areas.
  • 500 Seneca Street (Site Number C915273) - The 1.87 acre site is located in an urban, mixed-use, commercial and residential area. The site is comprised of a 328,000 square foot multi-story building with a small open lot on the western site of the parcel. The building was constructed beginning in 1901 with various additions and expansions. The building is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. The site originally housed the F.N. Burt Company, which utilized the property for box manufacturing from original building construction in the early 1900's until 1959. Between approximately 1968 and 1980, Wolkind Bros, Inc., a clothing rental company, utilized the property. Between 1986 and 2004, the site was used for manufacturing, warehousing and shipping operations. The site has been largely vacant and underutilized since manufacturing operations ceased in 2004.
  • 837 Bailey Ave (Site Number C915298) - The property is located in an urban environment and consists of two parcels, 837 Bailey Ave. and 79 Dingens St. The Buffalo River is located approximately 0.75 miles south of the property and the I-190 (Niagara Thruway) is located approximately 0.5 miles east of the property. The 837 Bailey Ave. parcel consists of one approximately 4,400 square foot building and a vacant lot consisting of random mounds of soil, wood, plastic, auto parts, and construction debris. The 79 Dingens St parcel consists of a railroad and undeveloped land that is predominantly grass/lightly wooded.
  • 905 Elmwood Avenue (Site Number C915288) - The site is located at 905 Elmwood Avenue in the City of Buffalo. The site is largely comprised of a convenience and automobile service station building, three underground storage tanks (USTs), fuel dispensers, and associated canopy, and asphalt/concrete parking areas. The site is zoned commercial and is occupied by a gas station. The site has a long history as a petroleum filling and automobile service station since at least 1964. The site has contained at least eight underground storage tanks since 1964, three tanks remain. Additional hazardous/regulated materials and/or wastes associated with automobile repair activities were likely used, stored and/or generated on-site including gasoline, diesel, No. 2 fuel oil, kerosene, propane, motor oil, and waste oils. DEC Spills database includes four spill records associated with the site since 2002, including the one remaining open spill file which is related to a 2008 tank test failure.
  • 945 Kenmore Ave (Site Number C915286) - The site is located at 945 Kenmore Avenue at the intersections of South Irving Terrace, Kenmore Avenue, and Fairmount Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda, Erie County. The site consists of one 0.552 acre parcel which is developed with a one single-story structure that was constructed in 1949. Over three-quarters of the site is currently covered with asphaltic pavement and the remnants of a concrete slab. The site is currently vacant. The site was utilized as a gasoline station from at least 1950 to 1986 and as an automotive repair facility from at least 1958 to 2010; such operations included automotive body repair work from at least 1994 to 2010.
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    Aerial view of 1050-1088 Niagara Street site
    1050-1088 Niagara Street (Site Number C915277) - This site is located in the City of Buffalo. The site is comprised of three adjoining parcels and is approximately 2.7 acres in size. The parcels are 1050 Niagara Street, 1054 Niagara Street and 1088 Niagara Street. The site is currently zoned for Light Industrial, but is used for commercial use. The 1050 Niagara Street parcel was used for commercial/industrial operations since 1889. Historic Sanborn records indicate that two 25,000 gallon tanks, likely containing fuel oil and/or printing related solvents were located in the basement of the building. Lithographic printing operation historically utilized VOC-based solvent routinely for printing cleaning, degreasing and ink-solvents. The 1088 Niagara Street parcel (northern portion of the site) formerly included the International Brewing Company and American Gelatine Corp. operated on-site in the early 1900s. Records from 1925 indicate Hygrade Oil Co. utilized the site as a service station and fuel distribution facility, including multiple petroleum storage and distribution tanks, gasoline pump house(s), and tank wagon loading house, which was historically located abutting the current 1050 Niagara Street building, from at least the 1920s through the 1960s. Gulf Oil Corporation and Hygrade Petroleum Co. were identified as on-site operators from approximately the 1920s through 1960.
  • 1111 Elmwood Avenue (Site Number C915319) - The site is located on the corner of Elmwood and Forest Avenues in a highly developed mixed use commercial and residential area of the City of Buffalo. The site currently has 12 multi-story multi-use structures surrounded by asphalt and concrete driveways and small green space areas. Based on a review of historical maps, the site has had a similar configuration for the past 100 years. The area was initially developed for multi-family residential. Over the ensuing years, the lower level of some of the individual residential units transitioned to commercial use. Fill material present is impacted with certain elevated semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) and metals.
  • 1318 Niagara Street (Site Number E915213) - The 1318 Niagara Street site had been used as a brewery for at least eighty years. The City of Buffalo acquired the site through foreclosure and in 2006 began to demolish structures. During demolition, USTs were discovered. The soils adjacent to the USTs, along with soils in the vicinity of the former brewery furnace, were contaminated with PCBs and various volatile organic compounds. A previous site owner's improper storage and/or handling of oil wastes contaminated the property.
    1360 niagara street
    Aerial view of 1360 Niagara Street site
  • 1360 Niagara Street (Site Number C915302) - This 1.83-acre site is located in the City of Buffalo. The site is relatively flat and includes one un-occupied four-story commercial building, a small attached storage structure to the north, and paved parking lots. The site is currently inactive and is zoned commercial use. The surrounding parcels are currently used for a combination of light industrial, commercial, residential and utility right-of-ways. Until 2016 the site was used for residential purposes, a lubricating factory, planning mill, pharmaceutical production (Mentholatum Company) and most recently leather operation (Garrett Leather).
  • 1550 Harlem Road Site (Site Number C915321) - The approximately 0.43-acre site located in a mixed residential/commercial business area in the Town of Cheektowaga. The site currently is vacant with no structures. The site was used as a gasoline station from at least 1950 to 1970s and then a nursery/garden center from the mid-1980s to early 2014.
  • 1585 Hertel Avenue Site (Site Number C915328) - The site is a 0.18-acre parcel in a mixed residential/commercial business area in the City of Buffalo. The site currently is vacant. Historically, the site has been used as a gasoline service station and auto repair facility since the 1930s. The site has an extensive history of underground storage tanks and automotive lift stations, which are associated with previous operations at the site.
  • 2424 Hamburg Turnpike (Site Number C915296) - This 1.04-acre site is located in the City of Lackawanna. The site is relatively flat, mostly covered with asphalt, and includes a former auto repair building with in-ground hydraulic lifts and a small storage shed. The Site is currently inactive and zoned commercial/industrial. From 1957-1994 the Site was utilized as an automobile filling and service station. Three 10,000-gallon underground storage tanks (USTs) associated with the filling station were closed/removed in 1994.
  • 3021 Orchard Park Road (Site Number C915289) - The site is located in the Town of Orchard Park. The site is bordered by Orchard Park and Michael Roads on the west and north respectively, and commercial properties and Union Road to the east. A single story, multiple-tenant, commercial building occupies the eastern half of the 5.06-acre site. The building and an asphalt parking lot cover nearly the entire site. The site is currently active and is zoned for commercial use. Between 1979 and 2008, the building housed a dry cleaning shop in two of the building units, addressed as 3035 and 3039 Orchard Park Road, near the south end of the building. The dry cleaning operations appear to have led to the site contamination. Other current and former tenants included discount, grocery, drug, paint and antique stores as well as a bank, credit union, hair salon and a photocopy/printing shop.
  • 4630 River Road (Site Number C915258) - The public is invited to comment on a draft work plan being reviewed by DEC to perform environmental investigation work at the 4360 River Road Site in Tonawanda. At one point, the site contained a pond that received storm water from the former Ashland Petroleum Company that was located on adjacent property to the west. The use of this pond was reportedly discontinued in 1982 when operations at the Ashland Petroleum facility ceased.
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    Aerial view of 5565 River Road site
    5565 River Road (Site Number 915239) - The 5565 River Road Site consists of approximately 24 acres of a single parcel located at 5565 River Road in the Town of Tonawanda, Erie County, New York. The site is heavily vegetated by a mixture of trees, tall grass, scrub brush and shrubs. Historic information concerning the site is extremely limited. Clusters of 55-gallon drums were observed on the ground surface at six different areas of the site. The majority of these drums were empty, rusted and in poor condition. In October 2012, the site was listed as a Class 2 Site in the New York State Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites.

  • Aerial view of American Linen site
    American Linen Supply Company (Site Number C915241) - The Former American Linen Supply Company site, located at 822 Seneca Street in Buffalo, is approximately 2.921 acres and is currently vacant. Suspected and known contaminants at this site are petroleum, chlorinated solvents, VOCs and metals. These contaminants are impacting the soil and groundwater.
  • Ameron (Site Number 915133) - The Ameron site encompasses approximately 3.2 acres in the City of Buffalo. The site is located in a mixed use (residential/industrial/commercial) area. From approximately 1960 to 1982, the site had been used for the production of protective coating materials involving the use of solvents and other chemicals. Environmental contamination has impacted the site's subsurface soil and groundwater. Contaminants of concern included PCBs, lead, and VOCs.
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    Aerial view of ARO site
    ARO Corporation (Site Number 915147) - This site is located at 3695 Broadway in the Town of Cheektowaga. Aro Corporation was a manufacturer of life support equipment, cryogenic storage vessels and breathing regulators. Manufacturing operations ceased in 1996 and the main building was demolished. Prior to purchasing the ARO facility, Ingersoll-Rand conducted an environmental assessment of the property. The assessment was later followed by a Remedial Investigation of the site due to trichloroethene (TCE) contamination found in soils beneath the site and in the site ground water. Ground water beneath two residential properties immediately west of the ARO facility had also been impacted. In 1997, Ingersoll-Rand purchased these two adjacent properties. Site Monitoring is being conducted under an approved O&M Plan.
  • Bengart and Memel (Site Number 915115) - This site in the City of Buffalo is contaminated with chemicals called PCBs, which resulted from operations involving the recovery of metals and metal alloys. The site is being addressed under the SSF.
  • Former Buffalo China Warehouse
    Buffalo China site
    Buffalo China (Site Number C915209) - The Buffalo China facility in the City of Buffalo formerly manufactured china and mirrors, resulting in site contamination. The site, which is currently owned and operated by Niagara Ceramics Corp., occupies approximately 8 acres. It is situated in a mixed-use community consisting of various industrial and commercial facilities, residential properties, and railroad tracks. The nearest body of water is the Buffalo River, located approximately ¼ mile south and east of the site.
  • Buffalo Color Corp Site
    Buffalo Color site
    Buffalo Color (Site Numbers C915230, C915231, C915232) - The Buffalo Color site occupies approximately 42 acres of land adjacent to the Buffalo River. The former Buffalo Color Corporation and its predecessors produced dyes for blue jeans and other organic chemicals for over 100 years. Buffalo Color Corporation filed for bankruptcy in 2003. The company's chemical production contaminated site soils and groundwater.
  • Buffalo Forge (Site Number C915280) - The site is in the City of Buffalo and is comprised of seven parcels each having a separate address, though the site is often identified as being located at 490 Broadway. The site is currently vacant land, zoned Commercial and Industrial. Grass vegetation is present in the central and western portions of the property over the footprints of former buildings and asphalt former parking areas are present in the eastern portion of the property. The main site was occupied by the Buffalo Forge Co. from the late 1880s through the early 1990s, which included a machine shop, blacksmith/foundry, and E.N. Cook's Distillery. The northern portion of the site includes a former filling station, an apparent residential gasoline tank, a furniture repair structure, several dwellings and a garage. In the 1980s, the entire site appears to be utilized by Buffalo Forge Co., primarily as a foundry, machine shop, and storage/warehousing facility. Most recent operations included manufacturing heavy duty industrial air moving equipment, such as fans, blowers and cabinets. The site buildings were demolished in 2006 and 2007.
  • Buffalo Lakeside Commerce Park - Parcel 4 (Site Number 915193A) - The site is listed as a Class "2" site in the State Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Sites. A Class 2 site represents a significant threat to public health or the environment; action is required. The Parcel 4 site is a 20 acre, vacant parcel located on the western
    edge of the BLCP, in the northwest corner of the former Hanna Furnace parcel and now matches
    the boundary of the Environmental Restoration Program (ERP) site #E915193 by the same name.
  • Aerial view of Buffalo River looking West toward Lake Erie
    Aerial view of Buffalo River Restoration site
    Buffalo River Restoration - DEC, USEPA, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, Honeywell, and USACE are working together in partnership to restore the Buffalo River. September 2013 Update: The partnership will begin environmental dredging of the Buffalo River (2 page PDF) this fall. Contaminated sediment close to the banks of the river will be removed, limited areas capped, and habitat restored.
  • Crossroads at Genesee (Site Number C915338) - The site is approximately 1.92 acres in size and is located at 19 Doat Street and 9 Landsdale Place in Buffalo.Historically, the property was utilized for textile manufacture and dyeing, optical lens manufacture, bedding/mattress manufacture and most recently automotive repair and tire sales.
  • Depew Village Landfill (Site Number 915105) - The Depew Village Landfill operated between 1940 and 1961. During operations it processed municipal waste, as well as hazardous wastes from unknown sources. Contamination, particularly lead, has impacted the landfill property, the adjacent stream bank, sediments in Cayuga Creek, and a portion of the slope under Zurbrick Road.
  • ENRX Annex (Site Number C915325) - The site is in an urban area in the City of Buffalo. The site consists of one parcel measuring approximately 0.27 acres, with a street address of 50 Hannah Street (also known as 737 New Babcock Street). The site is located adjacent to and south of the ENRX, Inc. - Voelker Analysis Site (C915150; see listing below) which is located at 766 New Babcock Street. The ENRX Site was issued a Certificate of Competition (COC) in December 2015 and is currently in the site management phase. The site consists of a gravel/asphalt pavement parking lot, enclosed within a fence which surrounds the adjacent Voelker Analysis site, as well as the vacant scrap yard, adjacent to both sites. Historically, the site was occupied by a hide processing facility and an electric utility substation. The site is currently used as a parking lot for the adjacent scrap yard facility.
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  • ENRX Inc - Voelker Analysis (Site Number C915150) - The 0.85 acre site is located at 766 New Babcock Street, in the eastern portion of the City of Buffalo. The Site 0.85-acre site consists of a warehouse/maintenance building with an attached office, fenced perimeter and parking lot, outdoor equipment storage area and two entrance driveways with electronic security gates. Voelker Analysis was a small, permitted hazardous waste facility for the processing and recovery of chlorinated organic solvents. The facility handled waste solvents such as methylene chloride, trichloroethylene, perchloroethylene and 1-1-1-trichloroethane. The facility was acquired by ENRX in August of 1987, which moved the solvent recovery operations from the wood frame building into the adjoining brick structure. In 1989, the facility's hazardous waste recovery permit was revoked and the facility was abandoned. Between 1990 and 1992, USEPA removed nearly 500 drums of chlorinated solvent wastes that had been left in the facility. Between 1998 and 1999, the older wood frame portion of the facility was demolished by a subsequent owner.
  • ExxonMobil (Site Number C915201) - The ExxonMobil Former Buffalo Terminal site was historically used for petroleum refining, storage and distribution. Operable Unit 4 (OU-4, subject of the current Alternatives Analysis Report (AAR)) is one of five operable units comprising the entire site. OU-4, which is currently owned by Buckeye Terminals LLC., occupies approximately 16.6 acres. It is bordered to the south by the Buffalo River and is currently utilized for the storage of refined petroleum fuels. The area of OU-4 was created in the early 1900s to realign the Buffalo River. It consists of urban fill and municipal waste from a former City of Buffalo landfill. ExxonMobil purchased the OU-4 area in 1951 and constructed storage tanks in 1953. DEC has determined that the contamination in OU-4 poses a significant threat to the environment.
Acid tar pits at the Bethlehem Steel Site
Bethlehem Steel site
  • Former Bethlehem Steel (Site Number 915009) - Bethlehem Steel, in the City of Lackawanna, was once a major engine of economic productivity in Western New York. Over the years the complex grew to over 1600 acres. Environmental contamination varies across the property with 400 acres listed on the Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal (SSF) Sites. This area is being addressed under the State's Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Corrective Action Program. An additional 500 acres are being remediated under the BCP by the current site owner, Tecumseh Redevelopment (see Tecumseh entries below).
  • Former Bisonite Paint Company (Site Number C915010) - The site is 0.8-acres consisting of two parcels located at 2266 and 2268 Military Road in the Town of Tonawanda. Historically, the Bisonite Paint Company manufactured water and oil-based paints on the property from 1947 to 1991. Bisonite Paint Company occupied four parcels that are currently used for commercial rental space and self-storage. The two parcels to the south of the site were remediated in 1996 under the VCP. The northern two parcels (2266 and 2268) comprise the site and will be investigated under the BCP.
  • Former Buffalo Service Station (Site Number C915194A) - This site is approximately 0.5 acres and is located in the City of Buffalo. The site includes a portion of Fourth Street and an area underneath the NYS Thruway (I-190) overpass. The I-190 overpass area is fenced on the east and west sides. The area underneath the overpass is covered with gravel. An 11.5 - foot diameter sewer runs parallel and beneath the northbound lane of Thruway overpass. A high voltage electrical line is buried in the site area. The site area is being used as roads and right of way for roads and utilities. The site was historically the location of the confluence between the former Wilkeson Slip and the former Erie Canal. The Wilkeson Slip was contaminated with coal tar waste from the former Buffalo Service Station (BSS), a manufactured gas plant (MGP). The Wilkeson Slip was filled in between 1895 and 1915 and the Erie Canal was filled in the 1930's. The BSS was operated by various companies from 1848 to 1948. National Fuel Gas owned the BSS property until 2005. During remedial action at the BSS site in 2006, a large portion of the Wilkeson Slip was cleaned up by Duke Realty. In 2012, a sheet pile was placed along the eastern side of Fourth Street in the Slip and the remaining portion of the Wilkeson Slip within Duke Realty property was cleaned up.
  • Click to view Doro Dry Cleaners fact sheet
    Doro Dry Cleaners site
    Former Doro Dry Cleaners (Site Number 915238) - DEC will soon begin a detailed environmental study at the Former Doro Dry Cleaners located at 3460-3466 Genesee Street, Cheektowaga. The site is located in a commercial and suburban setting, near Union Road and NYS Route 33. The site is listed as a Class "2" site in the State Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Sites (list of State Superfund sites). A Class 2 site represents a significant threat to public health or the environment; action is required. The site is zoned for commercial use and currently inactive, had been used primarily for dry cleaning for approximately 40 years. Prior uses that have led to site contamination include the storage and use of chlorinated solvent for the dry cleaning facility.
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  • Former Dowell Facility (Site Number V00410) - This Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) site is located at 3311-3313 Walden Avenue in the Village of Depew. The facility resides within a mixed residential and industrial/commercial area and consists of two parcels. The relatively flat, currently vacant property is triangular shaped, covering approximately 1.78 acres. The entire site is zoned industrial/commercial. Former activities at the site included servicing industrial facilities and limited oilfield-related project. Dowell discontinued facility operations in the late 1980s and the facility was permanently closed. The Volunteers entered the site into DEC's VCP on February 26, 2001, under Voluntary Cleanup Agreement (No. B9-0586-00-10).
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  • Click to view Former Mobil Station site fact sheet
    Former Mobil site
    Former Mobil Station (Site Number C915260) - DEC is reviewing cleanup documents for the Former Mobil Service Station 99-MST located at 979-1001 Main Street, Buffalo, Erie County. The site borders with Goodrich Street on north, High Street on south and a parking lot for the Buffalo General Hospital on the east. The land use in the project area is characterized as urban mixed use, primarily commercial and community services. The community services include public and private medical and hospital facilities. DEC accepted written comments about the proposed Remedial Investigation and IRM work plan for 30 days, from August 29 through September 29, 2012. This brownfield site is 1.7 acres with four vacant parcels. The site has sat vacant for less than 10 years. From the 1940s to 1982 the site was operated as a gas station.
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    Aerial view of Gastown site
    Gastown (Site Number 915171) -The Gastown site is the location of a former MGP. Prior to the introduction of natural gas and electric lights, these plants processed coal and petroleum to make a combustible gas used for cooking, lighting and heating. The gas production left an oily mixture called coal tar that impacted soils at and surrounding the site. The site is part of the VCP.
  • GE Buffalo Service Shop (Site Number 915244) - The Notice of Proposed Final Corrective Measures for GE Buffalo Service Shop facility, USEPA ID NYD067539940, was issued on November 16, 2011. The Fact Sheet for the GE facility includes a brief summary of the site investigations, interim corrective measures performed and the proposed Final Corrective Measures. The Statement of Basis (PDF) (18 pages) contains a summary of investigations, describes other remedial alternatives considered and describes the proposed final corrective measures for the facility. The facility is located in the Town of Tonawanda, Erie County, New York. The Notice and the Fact Sheet for GE Buffalo Service Shop (PDF) (5 pages) is available on the web.
  • A Greif operator operating a piece of machinary
    Greif site
    Greif (Site Number V00334) - From 1948 to 1985, the Greif site was owned and operated by Continental Fiber Drum and Continental Can Corporation. Historical manufacturing operations at this time consisted of the production of fiber drums but also included production of metal lids and rims used in the fiber drums. The production of the metal lids and rims involved varnishing and degreasing operations. These operations were the source of the VOCs that contaminated soil, soil vapor, and ground water in portions of the site. Greif acquired the Site in 1998. It continues to be used for the manufacture of fiber drums and associated products. The facility located at 2122 Colvin Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda.
  • Artist rendition of the HARBORcenter
    HARBORcenter site
    HARBORcenter (Site Number C915270) - The public is invited to comment on a draft work plan being reviewed by DEC to investigate the Webster Block (brownfield site) located at 75 Main Street, Buffalo, Erie County.
  • Hanna Furnace Parcel 3 - See Union Ship Canal
  • Highland Plaza (Site Number C915293) - This site consists of approximately 0.7 acres at 215 Highland Parkway in the Town of Tonawanda. The site is approximately 250 feet long by 100 feet wide. Approximately 50% of the property is occupied by a strip plaza, with the northern half of the property covered by an asphalt parking lot. The building is presently subdivided into nine commercial businesses. The site is occupied by a strip plaza and is zoned for commercial use. The proposed future use of the site is commercial. In 1928 the site was not developed, although the property was subdivided into 17 parcels for future residential development. By 1950 the site was fully developed into a strip plaza. One of the former tenants in the plaza was High Park Dry Cleaners, which closed in March 2010. In 2014, a Phase II Environmental Site Investigation (ESI) was completed to evaluate the property. During the ESI, 12 soil borings were completed throughout the property. In addition, a soil vapor intrusion study was completed in the former dry cleaner tenant space. Soil samples collected from under the concrete floor of the former dry cleaner contained Cis-1,2-dichloroethene, tetrachloroethene, and trichloroethene. Surface soil samples contained tetrachloroethene. Soil vapor contained elevated concentrations of dichloroethene, tetrachloroethene, and trichloroethene.
  • Iroquois Gas/Westwood Pharmaceuticals Terrestrial (Site Number 915141A) - The superfund site is approximately 8.8 acres at 100 Forest Avenue in the City of Buffalo. The site is zoned for industrial use and is currently leased to a trucking firm for warehousing operations. Surrounding properties include a mix of commercial, light and heavy industrial, and residential parcels. The site operated as a manufactured gas plant from approximately 1897 through 1955 with continued gas storage on site until 1972. Iroquois Gas buried waste materials such as heavy tars, sludges, coal, coke, and demolition debris. In 1972, Westwood Pharmaceutical found soil and groundwater contamination during construction in 1985 consisting of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene (BTEX). DEC listed the site in the Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites in 1989.
  • Jefferson Avenue Apartments (Site Number C915317) - The site includes two parcels and is located in a highly developed residential and commercial area of the City of Buffalo. The site is currently unoccupied and includes vacant land and two vacant buildings on the northern parcel. Beginning in at least 1893 until the 2000s, past uses on the site include residential as well as a variety of commercial operations with two historic automotive repair operations, a dealership service department, a trucking operation, paints and varnish/oils operations, sheet metal works, and a machine shop operation. Fill materials located across the site are impacted with PAHs and/or metals.
Lackawanna Incinerator Site: inside building, 1950 incinerator
Lackawanna Incinerator

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  • Wyoming County Fire Training Center (Site Number V00604) - The main site features include a Fire Training Facility building and a storm water retention pond. The site is currently used for fire training purposes, after construction of a new state of the art enclosed facility.