Superfund Site: WIDE BEACH DEVELOPMENT
Superfund Site Profile
The Wide Beach Development site is located in Brant, New York. The site is a 55-acre suburban development of 60 homes in a small community on Lake Erie, north of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation. Lake Erie is the western boundary of the Wide Beach Development.
From 1968 to 1978, the Wide Beach Homeowners' Association applied about 155 cubic meters of waste oil to the local roadways to control dust. Some of the oil was contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The oil applications contaminated roads, driveways, storm drains and homes. In 1980, workers excavated soil from the roadways to install a sanitary sewer line in the development. Unaware that a PCB problem existed, some residents used this soil as fill in their yards and in a community recreational area. After the performance of emergency response actions to protect human health and the environment, the site’s long-term remedy was put in place. Following the cleanup, EPA took the site off the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in 1994.