Niagara County Radiation Removal Sites
EPA Completes Cleanups at Three Niagara County Sites and Continues Investigation at Two Other Sites
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is continuing its cleanup and investigation work at Niagara County properties where radioactive slag material fill was discovered in soil on the properties.
EPA completed cleanup efforts at the following three Niagara County locations:
- Niagara Falls Boulevard site, Niagara Falls, NY (9512, 9524, 9540 and 9626 properties and adjacent wooded area) EPA cleaned up two on-site businesses – a bowling alley and a building supply center. EPA excavated or removed radioactive slag material from the adjoining parking lots between the two businesses. EPA also removed material from inside the building supply center including in an office space, two warehouses and two storage rooms. After EPA demolished the floors in the building supply center, EPA removed the waste materials and then restored those areas. The work began in 2016 and was completed in 2020.
- Upper Mountain Road, Town of Lewiston, NY (access road bordering a residential property) EPA removed contaminated material from a culvert crossing and portions of a gravel driveway that serve as an access road to a wooded lot and residential property. EPA finished removing the contaminated material and adding the clean backfill in 2020.
- Holy Trinity Cemetery site, Town of Lewiston, NY (two residential properties adjacent to the cemetery property) EPA removed contaminated material from a garage and driveway at one property and from a driveway and patio at the other property. EPA finished cleaning up these properties in the spring of 2021.
EPA will remove contaminated materials from:
- Upper Mountain Road, Town of Lewiston, NY (one additional residential property and possible adjoining properties) In September, 2021, EPA began removing contaminated soil from beneath one home, including crawlspace, basement, and garage area, as well as from the outside yard area at this property. EPA will also restore the property once the contaminated material is removed. This work will take three to six months to complete during which the property residents will be temporarily relocated.
The U.S. Department of Energy surveyed the Niagara Region in 1978 by aerial surveillance for radiation and found low levels of radioactive materials at these locations. It is believed that in the early 1960s, a glass-like, granulated by-product called, “slag” from former industrial facilities was used as fill material at these specific properties. The fill material contained “technically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive materials”, which are industrial by-products enriched with low levels of radioactive elements found in the environment. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Department of Health surveyed these properties and referred them to EPA.
- Upper Mountain Road Community Update Sept 2021 (pdf)
- Upper Mountain Road Removal Action Fact Sheet, November 2020
- Niagara Falls Boulevard Site Fact Sheet, July 2020
- Niagara Falls Boulevard Site Fact Sheet, September 2018
- Niagara Falls Boulevard Site Fact Sheet, May 2016
- Holy Trinity Cemetery Site Fact Sheet, April 2016