Olean Well Field
Michael Basile (716) 551-4410
EPA added the Olean Well Field site in Olean, New York to the Superfund National Priorities List on September 1, 1983 because hazardous chemicals were found in the soil and ground water. The 1.5 square-mile superfund site located in Cattaraugus County contains 53 wells and facilities that conducted manufacturing operations. The ground water contamination is believed to be the result of industrial activity at several nearby commercial establishments. On-site soil and groundwater at the manufacturing facilities is contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are potentially harmful contaminants that can easily evaporate into the air.
Olean city officials discovered VOCs at this site in 1981ater treatment units for drinking water were installed on private wells. Public wells were cleaned and reopened. Contaminated soil was removed from the site. Ground water was treated to reduce the VOC contamination to a level that will not pose a threat to human health. The city water lines were extended from the Town of Olean to connect to approximately 93 residences which were previously served by private wells. Five thousand feet of sewer lines have been replaced or cleaned. Water mains were also extended to provide safe fire hydrants for the community. The McGraw-Edison industrial sewer was inspected, and necessary repairs and replacements were made. A ground water monitoring program has been instituted and will be used to assess the need for further action at this site. Under current conditions at this site, potential or actual human exposures are under control.