Pfohl Brothers Landfill

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Pfohl Brothers Landfill
Superfund site
Town Cheektowaga
County Erie County
State New York
Coordinates 42°56′37″N 78°42′17″W / 42.943544°N 78.70481°W / 42.943544; -78.70481Coordinates: 42°56′37″N 78°42′17″W / 42.943544°N 78.70481°W / 42.943544; -78.70481
Pfohl Brothers Landfill is located in New York
Pfohl Brothers Landfill
Pfohl Brothers Landfill
Contaminants Base Neutral Acids, Dioxins/Dibenzofurans, Metals, PAH, PCBs, Persistent Organic Pollutants, Pesticides, VOC[1]
Proposed May 10, 1993
Listed December 16, 1994
April 11, 2001
Deleted September 22, 2008
List of Superfund sites

The 120-acre (0.49 km2) Pfohl Brothers Landfill was a privately owned and operated landfill in Cheektowaga, New York. The landfill accepted municipal and industrial wastes from 1932 until 1971.[2] It is located 1/2 mile east of the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and sits on the north bank of Ellicott Creek. It lies west of Transit Road and south of the New York State Thruway near Thruway Exit 49. It is bisected by Aero Drive.

When the landfill was active, it received solid and liquid chemical waste and sludges, including heavy metals, such as mercury and barium, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as benzene and dioxins, from local businesses, such as paint manufacturers, electroplaters, printers, and other industries that used solvents and petroleum.

On May 10, 1993 the Pfohl Brothers Landfill was classified for cleanup by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as Superfund site NYD980507495. Remediation done by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation including the removal of 4,734 on-site drums, as well as the containment of the landfill, has significantly reduced the potential for exposure to contaminated materials at the site.

Access to most of the site is restricted by a fence, but drainage ditches with runoff from the landfill lie outside of the fenced area and are accessible to the public. Several drainage ditches discharge into Ellicott Creek. Aero Lake lies north of the site. Both the lake and the creek are used by the community for recreational fishing. Ten homes are located within 200 feet (61 m) of an area of contaminated soil. The area near the landfill is residential and commercial. Wetlands border the creek and a drainage ditch and a wetland was located on what is now the central portion of the property.

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  1. ^ "Superfund Information Systems: Site Progress Profile: PFOHL BROTHERS LANDFILL". U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. June 23, 2009. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  2. ^ "ATSDR: Public Health Assessments & Health Consultations: Pfohl Brothers Landfill". U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. October 28, 2009. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 

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