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LOVE CANAL

Abstract

Site Name:  LOVE CANAL
Address:  E OF 97TH ST/W OF 99TH ST 
City & State:  NIAGARA FALLS  NY  14304
County:  NIAGARA
 
EPA ID:  NYD000606947
EPA Region:  02
 
NPL Status:  Deleted from the Final NPL
 
ROD Type:  Record of Decision
ROD ID:  EPA/ROD/R02-85/014
ROD Date:  05/06/1985
Operable Unit(s):  02
 
Media:  AIR SURFACE WATER
 
Contaminant:  CHLORIDES, CHLOROBENZENES AND SULFIDES, CHLOROPHENOLS, DIOXIN (2,3,7,8 TCDD) ACIDS, MERCAPTANS, METALS, PESTICIDES, PHENOLS, TOLUENES
 
Abstract:  THE LOVE CANAL SITE IS LOCATED IN THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE CITY OF NIAGARA FALLS AND IS APPROXIMATELY ONE-QUARTER MILE NORTH OF THE NIAGARA RIVER. BETWEEN 1942 AND 1952, HOOKER CHEMICAL AND PLASTICS CORPORATION (NOW OCCIDENTAL CHEMICAL CORPORATION) DISPOSED OF OVER 21,000 TONS OF VARIOUS CHEMICALS INTO LOVE CANAL. THE SOLID AND LIQUID WASTES DEPOSITED INTO THE CANAL INCLUDE ACIDS, CHLORIDES, MERCAPTANS, PHENOLS, TOLUENES, PESTICIDES, CHLOROPHENOLS, CHLOROBENZENES, AND SULFIDES.

THE SELECTED REMEDIAL ACTION INCLUDES; HYDRAULICALLY CLEAN DESIGNATED SEWERS, REMOVE AND DISPOSE OF CONTAMINATED SEDIMENTS AND INSPECT SPECIFIC SEWER REACHES FOR DEFECTS THAT COULD ACT AS PATHWAYS FOR CONTAMINANT MIGRATION; REPAIR DAMAGED FLOOD GATE AT THE SOUTH STORM AND SANITARY SEWER; LIMIT ACCESS, DREDGE DESIGNATED PORTIONS OF THE CREEKS AND HYDRAULICALLY CLEAN BLACK CREEK CULVERTS; PERFORM TEMPORARY IN-SITU STABILIZATION OF THE CONTAMINATED SEDIMENT VIA THE ERECTION OF A BERM UNTIL ISSUES CONCERNING THE SOURCE OF CONTAMINATION FROM 102ND STREET LANDFILL ARE RESOLVED. ALL WASTE WILL BE STORED WITHIN THE LOVE CANAL CONTAINMENT SYSTEM. IN ADDITION TO THE ABOVE REMEDIAL ACTION, THE INSTALLATION OF A PERMANENT ADMINISTRATION BUILDING IS BEING RECOMMENDED ON-SITE. TOTAL CAPITAL COST FOR THE SELECTED REMEDIAL ALTERNATIVE IS ESTIMATED TO BE $8,929,000.
 
Remedy:  FIVE AREAS HAVE BEEN DEFINED FOR REMEDIATION UNDER THIS RECOMMENDED ACTION. SPECIFICALLY;

1. NORTH STORM AND SANITARY SEWERS - HYDRAULICALLY CLEAN DESIGNATED SEWERS, REMOVE AND DISPOSE OF CONTAMINATED SEDIMENTS AND INSPECT SPECIFIC SEWER REACHES FOR DEFECTS THAT COULD ACT AS PATHWAYS FOR CONTAMINANT MIGRATION. WASTE WILL BE STORED WITHIN THE LOVE CANAL CONTAINMENT SYSTEM.
2. BLACK AND BERGHOLTZ CREEKS - LIMIT ACCESS, DREDGE DESIGNATED PORTIONS OF THE CREEKS, AND HYDRAULICALLY CLEAN BLACK CREEK CULVERTS. WASTE WILL BE STORED WITHIN THE LOVE CANAL CONTAINMENT SYSTEM.
3. SOUTH STORM AND SANITARY SEWER - HYDRAULICALLY CLEAN DESIGNATED SEWERS, REMOVE AND DISPOSE OF CONTAMINATED SEDIMENTS AND INSPECT SPECIFIC SEWER REACHES FOR DEFECTS, AND REPAIR DAMAGED FLOOD GATE. WASTE WILL BE STORED WITHIN THE LOVE CANAL CONTAINMENT SYSTEM.
4. 102ND STREET OUTFALL - (IF FOUND CONSISTENT WITH THE 102ND STREET) SUPERFUND SITE PROJECT PLAN PERFORM TEMPORARY IN-SITU STABILIZATION OF THE CONTAMINATED SEDIMENT VIA THE ERECTION OF A BERM UNTIL ISSUES CONCERNING THE SOURCE OF CONTAMINATION FROM 102ND STREET LANDFILL ARE RESOLVED.
5. WEST STORM AND SANITARY SEWERS - HYDRAULICALLY CLEAN DESIGNATED SEWERS, REMOVE AND DISPOSE OF CONTAMINATED SEDIMENTS, INSPECT SPECIFIC SEWER REACHES FOR DEFECTS, AND INVESTIGATE FURTHER DOWNSTREAM AREAS. WASTE WILL BE STORED WITHIN THE LOVE CANAL CONTAINMENT SYSTEM.

IN ADDITION, THE INSTALLATION OF A PERMANENT ADMINISTRATION BUILDING IS BEING RECOMMENDED ON-SITE.
 
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