Phase II Environmental Site Investigation
CORE completed a Phase II Site Investigation for the property located
at 91 Sawyer Avenue, Tonawanda, NY located in close proximity to the
Niagara River. The purpose was to investigate Recognized Environmental
Conditions (REC’s) identified in the Draft Phase I Environmental
Assessment (ESA) completed by others. The RECs identified in the Phase
I ESA were:
- Previous soil samples collected on site revealed “low level detections”
of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
- The use of the property when it was occupied by Buffalo Pipe and
Foundry Corporation and Niagara Transformer may have resulted in
- Since the property is located in a heavily industrialized area of the
Town of Tonawanda, there is the potential for environmental impacts
from off-site sources beneath the subject property.
The Phase II Environmental Site Investigation consisted of the
advancement of fourteen soil borings, collection of soil samples from each
boring for laboratory analysis, and the sampling and laboratory analysis of
groundwater samples collected from both permanent and temporary wells
Based on the findings of this Phase II Environmental Site Investigation
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Semi-volatile Organic
Compounds (SVOCs), and metals from historic site operations have
impacted site soil. The groundwater near one of the borings appeared to
have been impacted with one SVOC and multiple metals.
CORE recommended that due to the presence of contaminants in site
soils and groundwater, any disturbance would require a construction health
and safety plan (CHASP) and a soil and/or groundwater management
plan. If soil or groundwater is to be removed from the site, further
characterization through sampling and analytical testing will be required
by a permitted disposal or treatment facility prior to material acceptance.