Tonawanda News

October 19, 2013

Work to begin at Durez site

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation has notified North Tonawanda City Hall that sewer cleaning will begin Monday around the former Durez facility on Walck Road. 

Mayor Rob Ortt said his office was contacted about the work that will involve the removal of sediments from the Petit Creek Flume, a storm sewer that once served as conduit for discharged water from Durez Plastics and Chemical, which was founded 1926 and closed in 1996. Calls made by the Tonawanda News to DEC representatives inquiring what is in the sediment were not immediately returned. 

The company, owned by Occidental Chemical Corporation, produced plastic and manufactured chemicals including phenol and formaldehyde. The project, according to the DEC, is a continuation of the monitoring and remedial action taking place at the site since 1989. 

Ortt said the DEC met with city officials to lay out “the nature and scope of the work being done.”

“The city was recently made aware by the DEC that this work would be conducted,” Ortt said. “It is a continuation of work that began last year and is part of the larger monitoring and remediation process that the DEC is responsible for.”  

The DEC will be on site monitoring the work that will be conducted by contractors with the removal of the sediments present in flume and community air monitoring will be in place while work ensues. The project is expected to take four to six weeks, according to a DEC report. 

The storm sewer starting at the intersection of Nash and Walck roads southward to Nash Road and Duane Drive will also be lined in order to prevent water and sediment from infiltrating the sewer, according to the DEC report. 

Residents with questions can contact the DEC by calling the DEC Region 9 Office in Buffalo at 851-7220.