Hazardous Waste Cleanup: The Preliminaries

by C. Kenna Amos, Jr., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 26 Federal Plaza, New York, N.Y. 10278,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1985, Vol. 55, Issue 8, Pg. 40-43

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Court-ordered negotiations rather than a trial took five years but led to a flexible plan for cleaning up an inactive hazardous waste disposal site in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Contamination of the city's water treatment plant was traced to the site known as S-Area, owned by Occidental Chemicals Corp. (formerly Hooker Chemicals & Plastics Corp.). The settlement agreement, approved by the U.S. District Court in April 1985, provides for a phased approach in defining, evaluating and correcting the problem. No future technology is ruled out, but the remedy focuses on containment based on a novel hydraulic gradient concept, plus extensive monitoring for at least 35 years.

Subject Headings: Waste sites | Hazardous wastes |

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