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Goudey Power Station

Site Contact:
Terry Kish
On-Scene Coordinator


Site Location:
720 Riverside Drive
Johnson City, NY 13790

The Goudey Power Station site, also known as the AES Westover Electrical Power Generating Station, is the location of a former coal-fired electric generating facility that operated from approximately 1917 until 2011 when it was closed by AES Eastern Energy, LP (AES) during its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding. At that time, the 33-acre site contained over 20 buildings or structures. The site was transferred to GMMM Holdings Corporation in 2012, and other related entities, while the facility sat idle and unmaintained for more than a decade.

The site has been the subject of unpermitted and/or improper demolition and salvage operations beginning in 2021. A fire occurred at the facility in February 2023 as a result of a metal salvaging operation in which a torch ignited petroleum on-site. The fumes from the fire were reported by local residents which led to a response from local emergency responders. The event precipitated a report to the National Response Center, a response by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), stop work orders from state and local authorities, and a referral to EPA to evaluate the site under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), or Superfund.

On May 18, 2023, an EPA On-Scene Coordinator inspected the site and reviewed site documents. Based on that inspection and review of information, EPA requested on May 25 that the property owner take specific steps to mitigate the release of asbestos at the site.  DEC also began addressing petroleum releases at the site in May.

EPA requested that the property owner secure the site to reduce possible risks to the community until the site can be properly cleaned up. The owner placed a few asbestos warning signs around the property but did not repair the fencing or secure an asbestos abatement contractor to undertake the needed work. 

EPA collected samples from on-site roadways in July 2023 which identified the presence of asbestos. These roadways are regularly accessed by New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) and Johnson City municipal workers.  Based on the potential exposure of these workers to asbestos, EPA began an emergency removal action at the site on August 4, 2023.

The objectives of the removal action are to:

  • Restrict access to the site by repairing perimeter fences;
  • Define the area of contamination using signs to communicate the presence of asbestos; and
  • Contain further spread of asbestos by creating and covering debris piles, applying sealant material to encapsulate asbestos-containing debris, and establishing containment where asbestos has become exposed to the environment as a result of recent demolition.

EPA expects this work will be completed by the end of the 2023 calendar year.

Additional information is available in the September 2023 Community Update.

For more information about the history and legacy of contamination at the Goudey Power Station site: Press Sun & Bulletin (11/15/21): Goudey Station in Westover leaves a legacy of electrical pioneering, environmental issues