EPA Set to Conduct Assessment of Property at the
Holy Trinity Cemetery, Lewiston, NY - Niagara County
Community Update
April 2016
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will commence field activities on property at the
Holy Trinity Cemetery, 5401 Robert Avenue, Lewiston, NY the week of April 18, 2016. The
purpose of their assessment will focus on conducting further
radiological activities at two parcels of property located at the
cemetery, one of which is adjacent to the east and parallel to
Robert Avenue and the other, a dirt access road that leads east
towards the 1-190 expressway. The next step in the assessment
process will consist of soil sampling in those areas based on
survey results.
The U.S. Department of Energy conducted an aerial radiological
survey of the Niagara Region and found several properties with
radioactive material above background levels. It is believed that
in the early 1960's, slag from former industrial facilities was
used as fill on properties prior to paving. The fill contained
natural-occurring levels of radioactive material.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
(DEC) and the New York State Department of Health (DOH) in
2013 conducted a survey of the property and then referred the
site for further investigation to EPA.
EPA conducted a series of tests at the property starting in
December of 2013 through May 2014 to determine whether the
site would be eligible for inclusion on the EPA National
Priorities List (NPL) and it was discovered that the site did not
meet the minimum criteria for listing.
However, EPA wants to conduct a further assessment to better delineate the areas that may
require removal of materials in the future. The slag materials are below the surface and pose no
exposure or health risk to the public at the site's current condition.
EPA will fence off the two areas as a precaution as they continue their assessment activities.
Once the assessment work is completed and EPA reviews the field sampling results, a decision to
excavate may be made. If a removal is necessary, EPA will then prepare a work plan and notify
the public.
In addition, EPA will see to it that the removal activities will have a series of safety procedure in
place to protect the public.
EPA encourages public
participation. If you
have any questions or
would like additional
information regarding
the Site, please contact
one of the following:
Michael Basile
Community Involvement
186 Exchange Street
Buffalo, NY 14204
basile. michael@epa. gov
Eric Daly
On-Scene Coordinator
daly. eric@epa. gov