Solid Hazardous Waste

Fortino Parcel Tire Remediation Project

Town of West Monro, County of Oswego, New York

Shumaker Consulting, Engineering & Land Surveying, P.C. (SCE) was responsible for the design of infrastructure, environmental permitting, and construction assistance tasks required to support a waste tire remediation project at an existing tire pile site in the Town of West Monroe, NY. This tire pile is estimated to contain approximately 10 million scrap tires.

Major elements of the infrastructure design included: access roadways, scale facilities, shredding facilities, wastewater management, stormwater management, shred storage, shred washing, and shred load-out facilities. These facilities were designed to remove and shred tires into an acceptable civil engineering product (embankment fill), while also addressing the mitigation and remediation of environmental and life safety issues on site.

The fundamental complexity of this unusual assignment was intensified by existing conditions at the Fortino site, such as the extensive, classified wetlands that enveloped the waste pile and limited access to the project area caused by localized flooding produced by beaver native to the project area. Further constraints on the project design were imposed by a disarming array of public health and life safety issues, not least the imminent security threat presented by arson and an ecologically catastrophic pile fire; the activity of disease vectors, such as mosquitoes or other types of vermin; or the environmental degradation that would occur if PCB’s, or other contaminants present at the site, migrated into local surface water bodies or the subsurface aquifer.