$ 35 million clearance for 489 hectares of former Bethlehem site on the shores of Lake Erie


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The former Bethlehem Steel site in Lacavanne is set to clear (at least) about $ 35 million, said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Cuomo says the comprehensive cleanup was made possible by a Compliance Order with the New York State Department of Environmental Protection (DEC) given to Tecumseh Redevelopment, Inc. and its parent corporation ArcelorMittal USA – former property owners and entities now responsible for restoration ( on state superfund programs and corrective actions).

Site clearance includes public access to the beach after restoration, among others. environmental and recreational benefits. Given that a comprehensive revival on the coast is ahead, this is great news. There is also an important bicycle-ped connection on the beach – e.g. Shoreline Trail Expansion.

“This order is a significant milestone in the revival of Western New York as we turn past shortcomings into future economic engines.” Governor Cuomo said. “The order requires the owners of the former Bethlehem Stud site to undertake a complete and complete clean-up of this industrial site and provide the community – for the first time in decades – with access to a nearby waterfront. It is done in a way that benefits the community and the environment. ”

Environmental pollution across the property differs from the sections of the State DEC Supermaning Program, the Correctional Action Program, and the Brownfield Cleanup Program.

“I was born in Lacavanna in the shadow of the Jerusalem Steel Plant, where my father and his family worked to make America’s dream come true.” said Governor Lt. Katie Хохул. “An industrial manufacturer made steel that made American cities, and when they closed in the 1980s, it was a devastating blow to the region’s economy and jobs. Like many remote cities, with state support, Lacavanna and West New York have seen change and more.” This comprehensive cleanup of the former site of Jerusalem is part of our efforts to re-imagine the site for the future, access to the coast, attracting new businesses and opportunities, and strengthening the economy. ”

The “new front of business” has also seen some economic progress in this significant area of ​​the coast, including recently. filling TMP Technologies. Now, this The process of agreeing to make a substantial portion of the coast suitable for recreation is something that society has been doing for years.

Department of the Environment Commissioner Basil Seggos he said. “It is important that the New York government prosecute those responsible for the pollution of heritage sites such as Bethlehem Bridge so that these former industrial sites can be cleared and rehabilitated and once again contribute to the local economy and benefit the community. Tecumseh and demanding ArcelorMittalto eliminate pollution from the industrial heritage of Bethlehem Steel and to transform the vacant industrial area into the largest and most identifiable by offering local residents. ”

Tecumseh filed an Article 78 complaint against the DEC in October 2019. The DEC was represented in court by the New York Attorney General. This order resolves the claim.

The DEC consent order legally requires that Tecumseh and ArcelorMittal, the company that acquired Bethlehem Steel’s environmental obligations after the bankruptcy, said:

  • Completion of a comprehensive rehabilitation program that includes clearing and monitoring the 489-acre site of the former Bethlehem Stud near the shores of Lake Erie;
  • Provide maintenance of blockchain and post-site closure, including financial guarantees;
  • New York State reimbursement for cleaning control costs;
  • Support sustainable community participation and involvement in the development and implementation of site cleanup plans;
  • Provide public access to parts of the Lacavanna coast after clearing for the first time in more than 100 years; and
  • Participation in a public-private partnership that evaluates locations and projects to improve the environment for the rehabilitation and naturalization of the two-mile coastal areas of Lacavanna.

In its heyday, it was the footprint of the Style of Jerusalem 1600 acres. Today, that land is full of opportunities that will soon and finally be realized. With the removal of higher levels of metals, oils, fats and semi-organic carbonate compounds, the DEC is implementing reform plans across the country. Cuomo said the draft plans will be published in the coming months for public comment, including a public meeting.

It’s so bad that we lost a loss The steel administration building of Jerusalem back in 2013. This would be a great addition to this seaside reclamation.

Picture of lead from Apply to clear the DEC site Change.org which began in 2015.


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Newell Nussbaumer is the ‘queenseyes’ – Queen City Eyes and the founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder of the Elmwood Avenue Arts Festival. Co-founder of the Powder Keg Festival, which created the world’s largest ice cream beetle (Guinness Book of Records). The temptation is behind the emerald beach in the Erie Basin Marina. Flurrious together! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. The provocateur is behind Saturday’s Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of the retro and vintage market The Peddler in Elmwood. The provocateur behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws the magic ball to Statler City, Hertel Street Arts Festival and Flutterby Avenue.

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