Linde Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program Site Cleanup Complete and Site Closeout Report Available

Published April 11, 2016

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District announces the completion and availability of the site closeout report detailing the successful cleanup of the Linde Site located at 175 East Park Drive in Tonawanda, New York, under the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP).  

FUSRAP was initiated in 1974 to investigate and, if necessary, clean up or control sites throughout the United States contaminated as a result of Manhattan Engineer District (MED) or Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) activities conducted in support of the nation’s early atomic energy program. Linde Air Products, a Division of Union Carbide, was used to process uranium ores under contract with the MED between 1942 and 1946. That activity resulted in residual radiological contamination (i.e. radium, uranium, and thorium) on portions of the 135-acre site. 

The site closeout report documents the cleanup performed at the Linde Site between 1996 and 2013. This work was conducted to fulfill the final records of decision for the soils operable unit (OU) signed on March 3, 2000, Building 14 OU signed on April 10, 2003, and the groundwater OU signed on January 29, 2007, and the action memoranda for the demolition of Buildings 30 and 38.  

“We are pleased to announce the completion of the remedial action, culminating in the successful restoration of this industrial site,” said Lt. Col. Karl D. Jansen, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District commander.  “In total, the U.S Army Corps of Engineers and our contractors safely excavated nearly 400,000 tons of FUSRAP-related material from the Linde Site and properly disposed of it out-of-state. As a result, all future potential risks have been mitigated, and this site will remain protective of human health and the environment for future generations.”

The site closeout report is available on the web at:  http://www.lrb.usace.army.mil/Missions/HTRW/FUSRAP/LindeSite.aspx or by written request. For further information, please call: (800) 833-6390 or e-mail: fusrap@usace.army.mil.

Responsibility for the Linde Site will be transferred from the Corps of Engineers to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Legacy Management http://energy.gov/lm/office-legacy-management on March 30, 2017, for long-term stewardship, which will consist of records management and responding to stakeholder inquiries.


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