Onondaga Lake Superfund (NPL) Sites - Site Descriptions

General Motors-Inland Fisher Guide plant and Ley Creek sediments/soils

A sub-site of the Onondaga Lake Superfund Site

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Wastewater areas

Figure 1 The former General Motors Inland Fisher Guide plant on Factory Ave. in the Town of Salina.


The former General Motors – Inland Fisher Guide (Syracuse plant) is located on Town Line Road in the Town of Salina. Several buildings, parking areas and a landfill are present at the site. The site is currently leased to various manufacturing companies. GM's early manufacturing operations at the site included plating, buffing, forming and finishing metal auto parts. These operations were discontinued in the early 1970s and the facility was subsequently used to manufacture and paint plastic body trim components. Some wastes associated with the injection molding and painting operations included PCB-contaminated hydraulic oils, waste solvents, and paint sludge. All GM manufacturing operations at this facility ceased by December of 1993. General Motors went into bankruptcy in 2009, so Federal funding may be used to finance remaining cleanup measures.

aerial view relative to Onondaga Lake

Aerial view showing relative position to Onondaga Lake - roughly 2.75 miles

Aerial view including Ley Creek


1951 aerial


1966 aerial

Environmental Issues

Confirmed hazardous wastes at the site included PCBs, chlorinated solvents (trichloroethylene), copper, nickel, and chromium. Surface water, groundwater, soils, and vegetation have been contaminated by waste spills and releases from the manufacturing operation. Public access to the site is restricted by fencing and security. Interior plant surfaces were cleaned prior to re-occupancy of the building by local industries. Contamination is primarily below the ground surface so incidental exposures on the site are not expected. The surrounding community is served by a public water supply so exposures via drinking water are not expected. However, there is concern for exposure via vapors intruding from contaminated soils into the main plant building.

In addition, sediments in Ley Creek and floodplain soils, have been extensively contaminated with PCBs. The waters of Ley Creek, as well as fish living in the creek, have been found to be contaminated with PCBs. Ley Creek sediments and floodplain soils extending from Townline Rd. to Wolf Rd. (Route 11) are considered part of the GM-IFG site.

What's being done to address the problem?

Several investigations have been completed at the site. A Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) is underway. Three major Intermediate Remedial Measures (IRMs) were completed in 2006, including removing 26,000 tons of soil containing PCBs, capping an industrial landfill, and constructing a treatment pond and water treatment system.

Partial List of site Contaminants

CAS # Contaminant Name Contaminated
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Contacts for more information and comments

Susan Edwards, Project Manager
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway, 12th floor, Albany, NY 12233-7016
sledward@gw.dec.state.ny.usPhone: 518-402-9676
Hours: M - Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Please call for an appointment

Documents for this site are available for public inspection at:
Atlantic States Legal Foundation Depository Library
658 West Onondaga Street, Syracuse NY 13204-3711                                               Phone: 315-475-1170 Fax: 315-475-6719

Onondaga County Public Library
Central Branch at the Galleries
447 South Salina Street, Syracuse, NY 13202                                                                              Phone: (315) 435-1800
Hours: M, Th, Fri, Sat, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Tu, W, 9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-7016                                                                                      Phone: (518) 402-9676
Hours: M - Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Please call for an appointment

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Region 7
615 Erie Blvd. West, Syracuse, NY 13204-2400                                                                            Phone: (315) 426-7400
Hours: M - Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Please call for an appointment


This Fact Sheet was funded through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Technical Assistance Grant program.