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May 17, 2014

GM looking to consolidate brownfield sites

BY JOE OLENICK
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal —

General Motors is asking the state Department of Environmental Conservation to consolidate all three of its brownfield sites at its Components Holdings plant on Upper Mountain Road.

Previous industrial activities at the facility's buildings 7, 8 and 10 have resulted in contaminated soil and groundwater, the DEC has reported. So, GM has been performing a remedial investigation at the plant under the state’s Brownfield Cleanup Program.

The brownfield program provides existing or potential property owners financial incentives to clean up and redevelop brownfield sites. Brownfields typically are former industrial properties where the real or perceived presence of contamination impedes reuse of the site.

GM said the investigation showed the extent of contamination at the sites, which was in the form of metals and chlorinated solvents found in contaminated subsurface soil, soil vapor and groundwater.

"Based on the results of the investigation, GM proposed, and in some cases, implemented mitigation measures to address this contamination," GM spokesperson Mary Ann Brown said in an email. "An application was made to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to consolidate three separate BCP sites into a single site in an effort to streamline remedial work and simplify future record keeping and reporting."

The DEC confirmed GM's request would just streamline the cleanup and reporting process.

Between the three sites, the brownfield investigation has looked at a total of 55 acres. In its report on the investigation, the DEC said it is currently reviewing the draft remedial work plan that describes how the contamination will be addressed. This plan will be released for public comment prior to DEC approval.

Residents can chime in on the consolidation by submitting comments before the June 20 deadline. Comments can be submitted online at www.dec.ny.gov or by mailing them to project manager Glenn May at 270 Michigan Ave., Buffalo, NY, 14203. May can be reached by phone at 851-7220 or by email at gmmay@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

Documents relating to the GM cleanup can be found at the Lockport Public Library on East Avenue and the DEC's Region 9 office on Michigan Avenue in Buffalo.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.