FUSRAP Former Linde Air Products Site

Tonawanda, New York

The US Army Corps of Engineers is conducting a cleanup of radiologically contaminated materials under the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) at the 135-acre Industrial Linde Air Products Site in Tonawanda, New York. From 1942 to 1946, the former Linde Air Products Division of Union Carbide processed uranium ores at its ceramics plant in Tonawanda, New York, under contract to the Manhattan Engineer District (MED). In 1953, the Linde facilities were cleaned to within radioactive guidelines in effect at that time. Praxair took subsequent ownership of the site, using it as its worldwide research and development facility.

Beginning in 2000 The Record of Decision for the Soils Operable Unit was signed, which authorized remediation of residual radioactive material and removal of buildings and slabs. Since the first signing, numerous buildings and 360,000 tons of material have been removed from the site.  

Sienna Environmental Technologies, LLC, the owner's environmental consultant under contract with Shaw Environmental, conducted hazardous materials inspection and testing of the decontamination of Buildings 14, 30, and 31 and dismantlement of Building 38. Sienna also provided asbestos project monitoring, air sampling, and laboratory analysis services for asbestos abatement and demolition, including boiler abatement. Sienna has recently contracted with Cabrera Services to perform additional environmental services for the next phase of the project: asbestos abatement in the utility tunnels on the property.

Specifically, Sienna has completed the following tasks on the Linde project:

  • Asbestos testing and lead-based paint testing via x-ray fluorescence
  • Laboratory analysis of bulk samples using ELAP Polarized Light Microscopy laboratory testing methods 198.1 and 198.6
  • Asbestos project monitoring/oversight and air sampling throughout abatement
  • Laboratory analysis of Phase Contrast Microscopy air samples 
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