EPA to Begin Eighteen Mile Creek Cleanup

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized a cleanup plan that will remove contamination in the creek corridor of the Eighteen Mile Creek Superfund Site in Lockport, N.Y.

The creek corridor is approximately one mile in length and extends from the Erie Canal to Harwood Street in Lockport.

According to EPA, the Creek and several adjacent properties are contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), lead and other contaminants. This portion of the site cleanup will cost an estimated $23 million.

The EPA cleanup plan, which is the second phase of cleanup at this site, will require the complete removal of contaminated sediment in the creek corridor.

The plan requires a combination of excavation and off of the site disposal, capping, and institutional controls to address contaminated soil at Upson Park, the former Flintkote Plant, White Transportation, and former United Paperboard Company properties. During the removal of contaminated sediment, the dilapidated Clinton and William Street dams will be removed.

EPA has taken a multi-phased approach to cleaning up the 18 Mile Creek site.

In the first phase, a number of buildings were demolished including buildings on the former Flintkote property. The second phase of the cleanup to be conducted under the final cleanup plan, will address soil and sediment contamination in the creek corridor.

The third phase of the cleanup, which is still in the investigation stage, will address groundwater and contaminated sediment in the Creek from Lockport to Lake Ontario.

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