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About the Tonawanda Landfill Vicinity Property

Tonawanda Landfill Vicinity Property

In 1992 the Department of Energy (DOE) designated two properties, the Town of Tonawanda Landfill and the mudflats area, now known as the North Youngmann Commerce Center, into the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) as a single vicinity property of the Linde Site, which is located in Tonawanda, New York. The designation was based on DOE's discovery of radioactive material at the site that appeared to have similar characteristics to material found at other FUSRAP sites. However, no record has been found indicating that the vicinity property was ever involved in past Manahattan Engineer District or Atomic Energy Commission activities.


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The record of decision for the Landfill OU is currently available along with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)-related documentation used in the decision-making process for the Tonawanda Landfill Vicinity Property at the link to the administrative record file provided below. The selected remedy is Alternative 3 from the proposed plan, Targeted Shallow Removal and Off-Site Disposal of FUSRAP-Related Material, to address contaminated soils in the Landfill Operable Unit. Implementing this remedy will involve excavating FUSRAP-related materials exceeding cleanup goals in the top five feet of the surface, transporting them off-site, and disposing of them at a permitted disposal facility. Consistent with the CERCLA, the selected remedy satisfies the threshold criteria of protection of human health and the environment, and compliance with applicable or relevant and appropriate requirements. Furthermore, it provides the best balance of long-term effectiveness, short-term effectiveness, and cost, and has the highest implementability of the three considered alternatives. The start of site remediation is dependent on the availability of funding in the national program, and the completion of other sites already undergoing site cleanup.


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 Tonawanda Landfill Vicinity Property 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 Tonawanda Landfill Vicinity Property, please send an e-mail to fusrap@usace.army.mil. You may also mail a letter to:

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

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

Community Relations Plan for the Tonawanda Landfill Vicinity Property (May 2015)


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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 Tonawanda Landfill Vicinity Property can be found at the following link:

Administrative Record File for the Tonawanda Landfill Vicinity Property