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G.E.C. Alstrom Transportation Incorporated

Other (Former) Names of Site: Erie-Lackawana Railroad (from about 1900 to 1969), Conrail (1969-1978), Morrison Knudsen, General Electric Company - Hornell Site

EPA Identification Number: NYD000632471
Facility Location: Edison Drive, Hornell, New York Site Map
Facility Contact Name: Lawrence P. Tarnacki, (607) 324-4595
EPA Contact Name: None
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Case Manager: Valerie Woodwa, (518) 402-9812, vjwoodwa@gw.dec.state.ny
Last Updated: January 2003
Environmental Indicator Status Human Exposures Under Control [PDF 969.70 KB, 16 pp] has been verified.
Groundwater Contamination Under Control [PDF 4.81 KB, 17 pp] has been verified.

Site Description

This 36-acre site is located at Morrison Knudsen Drive in the city of Hornell along the Canisteo River, New York. The primary use has been for railcar repair and construction. The two main operational areas have been a refueling area and a large service shop. The major users of the site have included the Erie-Lackawana Railroad, Conrail, General Electric, Morrison-Knudsen Hornell Car Shop and the current occupants, G.E.C. Alstrom Transportation Incorporated. Historic plant operations and releases contributed to contamination of soil and river sediments with inorganic and semi-volatile compounds.

Site Regulatory Responsibility and Legal Instrument

In response to unsuccessful negotiations with responsible parties concerning the site remediation, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) implemented a remedial program through the State Inactive Hazardous Waste Site Program in 1984. The NYSDEC initiated an investigation in 1992 that focused on past hazardous waste disposal at the site. A Record of Decision was published in March 1994.

Permit Status

GE submitted a Part A Permit Application to EPA in 1980. The facility stopped operations in 1982. A Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Permit was never issued to GE.

A regulated surface impoundment was closed under the approved closure plan and GE submitted a closure certification in September 1983. In 1984, the site was placed on the New York State Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Sites.

Potential Threats and Contaminants

Investigations performed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) have found contamination in the soil and river sediments. Groundwater samples have not been shown to contain contamination above standards, except for lead and total recoverable hydrocarbons, which were marginally above standards. Lead is present in surface soil and river sediments at the entire site and in some residential backyards adjacent to the site. Elevated levels of polycyclic aromatic hydocarbons have been identified in onsite soil and in the river as a result of a diesel fuel spill in 1980.

Cleanup Approach and Progress

The March 1994 Record of Decision described the selected remedy for the site. NYSDEC completed the design for the remedy in 1996, and completed the construction in July 1998. A final report was submitted in October 1998. The elements of the remedy were as follows:

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:

Hornell Public Library
64 Genessee Street
Hornell, New York

NYSDEC - Region 8 Office
6274 East Avon-Lima Road
Avon, New York 14414
Linda Vera, Phone: (716) 226-2466

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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