ONONDAGA LAKE AS A SUPERFUND SITE
of the complexity and severity of the toxic waste, in 1994 Onondaga Lake
was added to the federal Superfund National Priorities List (NPL). The
Onondaga Lake Superfund is broken down into 9 separate sub-sites. Each
sub-site will undergo its own remediation and have its own plans and
actions to guide each cleanup. Honeywell International is responsible
for the clean-up of six of the sub-sites, including the Onondaga Lake-bottom.
The nine sub-sites include:
Geddes Brook/Ninemile Creek
LCP Bridge Street
Semet Residue Ponds (commonly known as the Semet Tar Beds)
Willis Ave. plant site
Wastebed B/Harbor Brook
Town of Salina Landfill
General Motors, Ley Creek Dredging
General Motors, IFG Facility
The Onondaga Lake-bottom site is the best known of the nine subsites.
There are 48 different contaminants and stressors of concern in
the water, sediment, soil, plants, and fish of Onondaga Lake –intentionally
dumped or unintended byproducts of Honeywell and their predecessors’ operations.
As a result Onondaga Lake is commonly referred to as the most polluted
lake in the country.
In July 2005 the New York State Department of Environmental
Conservation (NYSDEC) and Honeywell International agreed
upon a Record of Decision (ROD) – the official
term for a ‘clean-up’ plan – for
the lake-bottom subsite. In October 2006, Honeywell and the state
signed a Consent Decree – a legal action memorializing and
finalizing the plan. Read the official plan at the NYSDEC’s