Tonawanda Coke Preliminary Draft Alternatives Analysis Now Available

The preliminary draft of the proposed Alternatives Analysis for 3875 River Road, which constitutes the bulk of the acreage of the former Tonawanda Coke site, is now available for public review!

An “Alternatives Analysis” is essentially a document that lays out the different pathways for contamination clean up under consideration, with considerations for pros and cons for each pathway.

This document includes 8 potential pathways, from a baseline of no action to a full site remediation with full removal of all contaminants, and the alternatives can be found on pages 52 – 78. At this time, the site owner is recommending Alternative 5.

This is not the official draft – NYS Department of Environmental Conservation is still reviewing this version, and will likely submit needed adjustments. However, we are grateful that this preliminary draft has been made available for early public review, as this will allow everyone a chance to look over the proposals before the official comment period.

Click here to review the preliminary draft, or click here to see all the documents posted on the Riverview Innovation & Technology Campus website. You can also click here to see documents posted by NYS DEC, and here, here and here to see documents for adjacent parcels also contaminated by Tonawanda Coke.

NYS DEC is planning a public meeting to review the Alternatives after they complete their review, and Clean Air will also be hosting a meeting on November 27 from 5:30-8:30pm at the Brounshidle American Legion Post 205/VFW Post 2472 at 3354 Delaware Ave in Tonawanda to discuss the progress at all the sites along the River Road Corridor, including the findings of this preliminary draft. Click here to register for our meeting!

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