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Removal of compromised soils on Niagara Falls entrance project complete


Fri, Aug 31st 2018 05:15 pm
The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation confirmed Friday the contaminated soil discovered on the Niagara Falls State Park Prospect Point welcome plaza project has been successfully removed from the site and shipped off to a licensed and approved waste facility.
State Parks said the materials, identified as slag from decades ago and a petroleum substance, were contained immediately upon discovery. The compromised soils located in a fenced-off construction area were inaccessible to the public at all times and never posed an impact to public health and safety.
The exact weight of the materials will be calculated once all materials have arrived and been weighed at Waste Management`s Mahoning Landfill in New Springfield, Ohio, over the next few days. The estimated weight of all materials is expected to be approximately 1,500 tons. The estimated cost of cleanup and removal is $725,000.
Upon completion next summer, the Niagara Falls State Park Prospect Point welcome plaza project will serve as an inviting new entrance gateway to the park. The project will cap the $70 million transformation of the oldest state park in the nation. Prospect Point, Cave of the Winds, Terrapin Point, Three Sisters Islands, Luna Island, Stedman's Bluff and the Park Police Station were just some of the major upgrades at the park under the transformation.
State Parks oversees more than 250 parks, historic sites, recreational trails, golf courses and boat launches, which are visited by 71 million people annually. A recent study found New York generates $5 billion in park and visitor spending, which supports nearly 54,000 jobs and over $2.8 billion in additional state GDP. For more information on any of these recreation areas, visit www.parks.ny.gov.

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