Monday, November 4, 2013

EPA to delete Niagara Falls landfill from Superfund list


Now that a cleanup of contaminated ground water and creek sediment has eliminated threats to public health and the environment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to delete the Hooker-Hyde Park Landfill Superfund site in Niagara Falls, New York from the Superfund National Priorities List.

In a news release, the EPA says that the 15-acre site was used from 1953 to 1975 to dispose of approximately 80,000 tons of chemical waste, including dioxin.  Site fact sheet

"The underlying ground water is contaminated with volatile organic compounds and semi-volatile organic compounds, which can cause serious harm to people’s health. This ground water has been treated to reduce contamination and is not used for drinking water. Bloody Run Creek sediment and Niagara Gorge Face surface water were also contaminated with volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds and have been cleaned up. "

Occidental Chemical Corporation, the company responsible for the contamination, conduced the cleanup work with EPA oversight.

More details here

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