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Brightfields given second extension for NY Highland Site remediation work.

A North End brownfield remediation project has hit a snag, but work to clean up the site continues to move forward.

Brightfields Corporation LLC, a company working to remediate a plot of and convert it into an industrial park and recreational park, was granted an extension for the effort by the city council at its meeting last week.

The company found unanticipated contamination on the site and had to resubmit its remediation plan to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the agency monitoring the clean up effort.

Council Chairman Charles Walker recently met with company representatives to discuss the issues Brightfields and its partner on the remediation, Honeywell Corporation, which is considered a "responsible party" because it bought companies that were involved in the contamination of the soil, are having.

The extension gives the company until Nov. 1, 2014, to complete the remediation phase of the project.

Brightfields was originally supposed to finish by September of 2013, but was granted an extension to March 17 of this year, according to the resolution from Mayor Paul Dyster's desk.

Work had resumed as backhoes and dump trucks stamped with the logo of Brightfield's parent company, Ontario Specialty Contracting, moved the contaminated earth into the large white tent structure in the middle of the site to be examined.

Brightfields Corporation took the 23-acre plot over in an agreement with the city that saw the land transferred to the company for $1 in February of 2012.

Under the agreement, the company will remediate the site, build an industrial park on 18 acres of the land for its own purposes and construct a recreational park on a 5-acre plot to be transferred back to the city upon completion.

The superfund site saw a series of factories and warehouses built on it over the years including those owned by U.S. Light and Heat Corp., Moore Business Forms and Electric Autolite Corp., according to the site's superfund fact sheet on the DEC website.

The land sat largely dormant since the city first took the plot through tax foreclosure in 1972.

Tom DeSantis, the city's head planner, said the city recommended the council grant the extension to ensure that the project keeps moving forward without any further delays related to the bureaucratic process.

The company was aware of and had planned for remediation of lead contaminated soil and radioactive slag--a stone by-product of metal or ore processing containing varying levels of radium, thorium and uranium--commonly used as a construction material in the middle of the 20th century.

The delay is caused in a large part by a DEC requirement that the company reapply with an amended plan that includes the newly discovered contaminants and then wait for DEC's approval on that plan before resuming work, DeSantis said.

Source: Justin Sondel, Niagara Gazette

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Date:Apr 25, 2014
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