Rochester Gas & Electric

RG&E_plantBackground:       The Canandaigua Gas Light Company operated a coal tar gas manufacturing facility incommonly known as the old Wegmans parking lot, at the southeast corner of Routes 5 and 20 and South Main Street.

commonly known as the old Wegmans parking lot, at the southeast corner of Routes 5 and 20 and South Main Street.

 The City of Canandaigua from 1853-1913. The facility was sold in 1952 and demolished in the 1960’s. The EPA judged the site as “NFRAP” – “No Further Remedial Action Planned” (meaning that it would not be sent to the National Priority List), and remedial responsibility was shifted to the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation. In 2007 the DEC began to urge the historic operational owner, Rochester Gas & Electric, to begin efforts to rid the site of the toxic gas-manufacturing residuals and waste left in the ground.

Pollutants at the site are believed to stem from activities between 1910 and 1928, when Canandaigua Gas Light Co. operated a gas plant there. The plant produced gas by heating coal and oil. RG&E acquired the plant in the early 1920s, stopped its manufacturing there in 1928 and later used it to store natural gas. RG&E sold the site in 1952, and the buildings were demolished in the 1960s.

Challenge:          RG&E’s remediation plans required the utmost in contractor-lab coordination, seamless communication, and reliably fast analytical turnaround over a period of several months. 

Services Provided:

  • Analysis of soil samples for BTEX, PAH’s, and Total Cyanide
  • 48 hour turnaround
  • Electronic deliverables in NYSDEC EQuIS format
  • Preparation of NYSDEC Category B report packages
  • Logistics support (delivery of supplies & sample pickups as needed)

Value Added:    Paradigm assembled a project team specifically tasked with addressing each critical component of the analytical program. This included coordination with site personnel, sample receipt and processing, sample analysis, reporting, and invoicing. In doing so we were able to problem solve in real time, and successfully manage the incoming workload, to allow on-site remediation activities to proceed without delay.