Steel Winds

Urban Wind Farm

Brownfield Redevelopment Project
Our client owned 1,100 acres of land in the City of Lackawanna, New York along the northeastern shore of Lake Erie that was formerly used for the production of steel and related products by Bethlehem Steel Corporation from the early 1900s through 1983, when operations stopped.

First Urban Wind Farm in North America
Benchmark facilitated the creation of a team including the property owner and a wind project developer to cooperatively and proactively address environmental issues on the project site under New York’s Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP), thereby paving the way for the first urban wind farm in North America. The facility is located on approximately 29 acres of the property at a cost of over $40 million.

Fast-Tracked IRM
As an Interim Remedial Measure (IRM), saving time and costs, Benchmark prepared the BCP Application and associated work plans, and secured NYSDEC approval for performing slag/fill excavation, field screening, sampling/analysis, and impacted slag fill handling from the wind tower foundations and utility trench excavations.

Assistance in All BCP Tasks
Benchmark performed all BCP tasks including remedial investigation, remedial alternatives assessment, remedial design, remedial construction, and post-remediation operation, maintenance and monitoring. This included all planning and permitting support for the project, as well as civil design and construction oversight for roadways.

Project Highlighted on NYSDEC Website as a Brownfield Success Story
With Benchmark’s assistance, the wind project developer secured 18% of the remediation and redevelopment costs, which covered the cost of the environmental remediation work and a net gain of over $6 million.