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Clean Harbors BDT, LLC

Other (Former) Names of Site: Safety-Kleen BDT, Inc.

EPA Identification Number: NYD000632372
Facility Location: 4255 Research Pkwy, Clarence, New York 14031 Site Map
Facility Contact: None
EPA Contact: Wilfredo Palomino, (212) 637-4179, palomino.wilfredo@epa.gov
New York State Department of Conservation (NYSDEC) Case Manager:

Stanley Radon, (716) 851-7220, sfradon@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Last Updated: August 2010
Environmental Indicator Status: Human Exposures Under Control [PDF 2.08 MB, 8 pp] has been verified.
Groundwater Contamination Under Control [PDF 2.23 MB, 8 pp] has been verified.

Site Description

The Clean Harbors BDT, LLC site was a commercial treatment, storage, and disposal facility  that treated reactive hazardous wastes, pressurized waste, pharmaceutical and packaged laboratory chemicals. The facility was initially owned and operated by Wilson-Greatbatch, Inc. It was subsequently sold to Laidlaw Environmental Services, then to Safety Kleen, Inc., and finally to Clean Harbors BDT, LLC.

The facility received and treated hazardous wastes from off-site generators, mainly from Canada. These ignitable and reactive wastes were destroyed on-site in a RCRA-exempt incinerator. The incinerator operated pursuant to a Title V air permit. Residues from treatment were disposed off-site.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) inspections reported that the facility was well managed and there were no releases of hazardous wastes or hazardous waste constituents beyond the secondary containment structures during operation of the facility. However, on August 14, 2002, a fire occurred at the Clean Harbors facility which consumed large portions of the waste stored at the facility. All remaining waste was removed by March 14, 2003.

Site Responsibility and Legal Instrument 

NYSDEC is responsible for administering the corrective action program under a New York State Part 373 hazardous waste facility permit.

Permit Status

There is no active permit for managing hazardous waste at the facility. A NYSDEC order on consent issued in 2003 required Clean Harors to submit a RCRA facility investigation work plan to evaluate the nature and extent of contamination associated with the soil and groundwater.

Potential Threats and Contaminants

On August 15, 2002, samples of the firefighting water were collected and sampled. NYSDEC and New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) concluded that the firefighting runoff water did not present a short-term or long-term threat to public health and the environment via the groundwater pathway. Clean Harbors completed the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) facility investigation in September 2005. Based on a review of the RCRA facility investigation, NYSDEC and NYSDOH determined that no further RCRA corrective action was required.

Cleanup Approach and Progress

The RCRA facility assessment for RCRA remediation was completed on July 11, 1988, and the RCRA facility investigation work plan was implemented and approved in 2005.  Approximately 260 cubic yards of soil were removed from the areas impacted by the firefighting water, and two monitoring wells were installed in the overburden and bedrock to assess the groundwater quality. As a result of the soil and groundwater sampling and soil removal activities, no further action was required. RCRA corrective action was terminated on December 28, 2008.

Final Cleanup Status or Projection

Site Repository

Copies of supporting technical documents and correspondence cited in this site fact sheet are available for public review at:

NYSDEC, Region 9
270 Michigan Ave
Buffalo, New York 14203-2915

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) makes its public records available for a review under the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL).

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