As part of a RCRA Corrective Action project, the New York State Department of Conservation (DEC) is overseeing the cleanup of this Class 2 Inactive Hazardous Waste Site at the Lucas Avenue Plant (East and West Buildings) at the Al Tech Specialty Steel site in Dunkirk, NY. A Class 2 site represents a significant threat to public health or the environment. Prior investigations detected the presence of high concentrations of metals, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) and polychlorinated biphenyls in soils at various locations and depths throughout the facility. High concentrations of metals, VOCs and SVOCs were also found in groundwater throughout the site.
Watts has performing asbestos sampling on several different occasions over the years both from the interior and exterior of the building and has confirmed the presence of asbestos-containing materials.
Prior to preparing the asbestos abatement contract documents, Watts updated the asbestos pre-demolition survey. Watts’ structural engineers also surveyed the structural integrity of the building to determine if the building was structurally stable enough to safely remove the asbestos-containing materials prior to demolishing it. Based on Watts’ structural assessment, the City of Dunkirk issued a condemnation letter. The Lucas Avenue Plant will be demolished with asbestos in place utilizing the Controlled Demolition with Asbestos in Place procedures in ICR 56.