About the Guterl Steel Site

Guterl Steel Site


The former Simonds Saw and Steel Company, located in Lockport, New York, was contracted by the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) to conduct work in support of the Nation's early atomic energy and weapons program. Between 1948 and 1956 the facility was used for foundry work and rolling mill operations on over 25-million pounds of uranium metals and over 30-thousand pounds of thorium metals. Simonds Saw and Steel was sold to Wallace and Murray, and then sold to Guterl Specialty Steel Corporation. In March 1984 Allegheny International (Allegheny Ludlum Corporation now Allegheny Technologies Incorporated [ATI Specialty Materials]) purchased the entire site with the exception of those areas that had been used during the AEC activities.


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 Project Status

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently released, for public review comment, the proposed plan for the Guterl Specialty Steel Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) Site. The proposed plan is available in the reports section below as well as located within the Administrative Record, Section 04, Feasibility Study, Subsections 04.09 (Feasibility Study) and 04.10 (Proposed Plan).

You are encouraged to review and provide your comments on the proposed plan. The public comment period begins July 12, 2021, and ends September 10, 2021. A virtual public meeting will be conducted on Thursday, July 29, 2021, at 7 p.m. Space is limited, so please email fusrap@usace.army.mil by 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, 2021, to register for the meeting, and to let us know if you will be providing comments. The public meeting presentation is available on the website in the Public Presentations section. The virtual public meeting will be recorded so that oral comments received can be captured.

The proposed plan documents the Corps of Engineers’ preferred alternative to address FUSRAP-related contamination in buildings, soil, and groundwater at the Guterl Site: Site-Wide Alternative 3. The alternative includes: dismantlement and off-site disposal of buildings that were involved in Atomic Energy Commission activities during the 1940s and 1950s; removal and off-site disposal of soil to the preliminary remediation goal for groundwater protection; and uranium groundwater plume recovery using extraction wells and an in situ rubblized trench with ex situ treatment, environmental monitoring of groundwater plume attenuation (enhanced and natural). 

The feasibility study was also released to support the proposed plan. The report identifies, develops and evaluates remedial alternatives to address FUSRAP-related constituents of concern (thorium-232 and uranium in soil and buildings, and uranium in groundwater) at the site. 

The public is encouraged to email comments to fusrap@usace.army.mil or mail them to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District, Attention: Environmental Project Management Section, 1776 Niagara Street, Buffalo, New York 14207 before the close of the comment period.

The preferred alternative may be modified based on any new information acquired during the designated public comment period. Responses to comments received will be provided in the record of decision, which will identify the selected remedy to be implemented.

A link to the administrative record file for the site is available below.

 Community Involvement

The US Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District welcomes your input at any time. Our goal is to offer timely and meaningful opportunities for public input to our projects and to promote the dissemination of project information to the community. Public involvement activities complement the Corps' mission to address environmental contamination at the Guterl Site from past Manhattan Engineer District and Atomic Energy Commission activities.

You are welcome to contact us. If you have questions, comments, or concerns regarding the Guterl Site, please send an e-mail to fusrap@usace.army.mil. You may also mail a letter to:

USACE, Buffalo District
Attn: Special Projects Team - Outreach
1776 Niagara Street
Buffalo, NY 14207

or call us at 1-800-833-6390 (option 4).

Community Relations Plan for the Guterl Site (Mar 2020)

 Fact Sheets / FAQs
 Public Presentations / Posters / Transcripts

Feasibility Study Report for the Guterl Specialty Steel Corporation Site (Jul 2021)

     Feasibility Study Report for the Guterl Specialty Steel Corporation Site Appendices (Jul 2021)

Proposed Plan for the Guterl Specialty Steel Corporation Site (Jul 2021)

Data Gap Analysis Report for Guterl Steel (Mar 2012)

Remedial Investigation, Guterl Steel, Text (Jul 2010)

Remedial Investigation, Appendix A - Historical Reports Figures and Tables

Remedial Investigation, Appendix B - RI Daily Quality Control Summary Reports

Remedial Investigation, Appendix C - Remedial Investigation Photographs

Remedial Investigation, Appendix D - Geophysical Reports

Remedial Investigation, Appendix E - Excised Area Building Evaluations

Remedial Investigation, Appendix F - Onsite Soil Core Scanner Log Sheets

Remedial Investigation, Appendix G - Subsurface Boring Logs

Remedial Investigation, Appendix H1 - Geotechnical Laboratory Report

Remedial Investigation, Appendix H2 - Technical Memorandum

Remedial Investigation, Appendix I - Niagara County Municipal Water Supply Water Quality Report

Remedial Investigation, Appendix J - Monitoring Well Boring Logs

Remedial Investigation, Appendix K - Monitoring Well Construction Diagrams

Remedial Investigation, Appendix L - Monitoring Well Development Records

Remedial Investigation, Appendix M - Slug Test Data and Calculations

Remedial Investigation, Appendix N - Low-flow Groundwater Purging and Sampling Logs

Remedial Investigation, Appendix O - Groundwater Elevation Data

Remedial Investigation, Appendix P - IA08 Feature Descriptions and Sketches

Remedial Investigation, Appendix Q - Erie Canal Work Permit

Remedial Investigation, Appendix R - Investigation Derived Waste

Remedial Investigation, Appendix S - Radiological Laboratory Data

Remedial Investigation, Appendix T - Building Survey Data

Remedial Investigation, Appendix U - Hydrogeological Modeling

Remedial Investigation, Appendix V - Human Health Risk Assessment Tables

Remedial Investigation, Appendix W - SLERA Tables

Remedial Investigation Field Sampling Plan, Guterl Steel (Jun 2007)

Preliminary Assessment / Site Inspection, Former Guterl Specialty Steel (Apr 2001)

Site Eligibility Letter, Former Guterl Specialty Steel (May 2000)


(All document files are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.)

To request specific FUSRAP documents, please fill out this Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request Form and submit it to the Buffalo District FOIA Coordinator listed on the form.


 Environmental Monitoring
 Administrative Record File

The administrative record file is a collection of documents that form the basis for the selection of a response action at an environmental restoration site. Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is required to establish an administrative record for every remedial or response action under the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP). The administrative record file for the Guterl Site can be found at the following link:

Administrative Record File for the Guterl Site