Jan 19, 2022, 6:32 am

Hooker (S Area) Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) Site

EPA Identifier: NYD980651087
CERCLIS ID: NYD980651087
43.0757, -79.0054

Niagara Falls, NY

Final Date: 19830908

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SIC Codes: 4953
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Programs: {CERCLIS,ICIS}
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Site Summary:
Federal Register Notice:  September 08, 1983

Conditions at listing (December 1982): Hooker's S-Area Landfill covers 8 acres on the Buffalo Avenue Plant in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York. The plant is owned by Occidental Chemicals Corp. (OCC--formerly known as Hooker Chemicals and Plastics). From 1947 to 1975, OCC dumped about 65,000 tons of inorganic and organic wastes at S-Area, which is built on partially reclaimed land from the Niagara River. These wastes include: hexachlorobutadiene (C-46), hexachlorocyclopentadiene (C-56), chlorinated benzenes, chlorinated toluenes, trichlorophenols, benzene, and toluene.

Both surface water and ground water are contaminated. Chemicals have migrated through the bedrock and overburden to adjacent areas. Traces of S-Area chemicals have been detected in the finished drinking water from Niagara Falls' water treatment plant, which is about 200 yards east of S-Area. This plant serves 77,000 people. Contaminated run-off and ground water flow into the Niagara River.

The Department of Justice, on behalf of EPA, has brought a Federal civil action against OCC seeking injunctive relief.

Status (July 1983): To alleviate the threat to the drinking water, the city has closed the contaminated main intake tunnel and put an emergency tunnel into service.

In June 1983, EPA allocated a first installment of $700,000 for a remedial investigation/feasibility study to determine the type and extent of contamination at the site and identify alternatives for remedial action.