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Region 9 - Environmental Remediation Project Information

***New Online Document Repository, including Remediation sites: DECinfo Locator, with more than 55 interactive data layers, lets users see and download permits, former industrial site cleanup plans, water quality reports, and more based on any street address, or zooming into a specific area of New York State's map. Selecting a map feature can bring up links to database records for petroleum bulk storage facilities, oil wells, or permitted mines. Users can also view potential Environmental Justice areas and Climate Smart Communities or find out what local wastewater facilities are doing to reduce their impact on New York's waterbodies. Several information layers can be activated at the same time, allowing users to see the many ways DEC is working to protect and enhance the state's environment and recreational opportunities. Additional information about how to use DECinfo Locator, including a YouTube tutorial, can be found on DEC's website. Check our layer description web page to see what is available, including layer icons, and how often it is updated.

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.

Remedial sites below may also contain environmental easements, located on a separate webpage for all DEC regions.

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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.
  • 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.

Cattaraugus

Chautauqua

Erie

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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Click to view Gastown fact sheet
    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

Niagara

Wyoming

  • 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.