Wide Beach Development NPL Site

State TrusteeFederal Trustee

Also Known As

None

Incident Type

Chemical

State

New York

Case Status

Restoration

Location

Lake Erie

Authority

Contaminants of Concern Include

Affected DOI Resources Include

Migratory Birds

Financial Summary

Restoration Funds Collected:

$55,200.00

*Restoration Funds Allocated:

$5,800.00

*Restoration Funds Remaining:

$78,272.43

* Restoration Funds can contain multiple settlements/projects. All collections are placed in interest bearing accounts. For detailed information on individual settlements/ projects please visit: NRDAR Status Report

Case Description

Wide Beach Development is a 55-acre suburban development of 60 homes located in Brant, a small community on Lake Erie, north of the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation. Lake Erie is the western boundary of the Wide Beach Development. From 1968 to 1978, the Wide Beach Homeowners' Association applied about 155 cubic meters of waste oil to the local roadways to control dust. Some of the oil was contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). As a result, roads, driveways, parking spaces, storm drains, and homes were contaminated from the oil applications. In 1980, workers excavated soil from around the roadways while installing a sanitary sewer line in the development. Unaware that a PCB problem existed, some residents used this soil as fill in their yards and in a community recreational area. Subsequent sampling revealed PCBs in the air, road dust, soil, vacuum cleaner dust, and water samples from private wells. The site drains through a system of swales and ditches into a marsh and stream located south of the development. The stream flows into Lake Erie, as does surface runoff from the site.

Case Documents


 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date

Settlement

 Consent Decree Consent Decree 03/22/1996

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Case Contact

New York Ecological Services Field Office

Cortland, NY | (607) 753-9334 | http://www.fws.gov/northeast/nyfo/

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