Last week-end, I walked by the highly toxic Public Place site and was surprised to find the gate wide open on the 5th Street site. Apparently, soil testing has been performed on an ongoing basis.
As per Tom Gray, District Director of Bill de Blasio, National Grid, which is responsible for the clean-up of its former gas manufacturing site, has set up a web page to provide updates for neighbors and to keep the community informed about "the work that has been done, and provide an outlook and schedule for upcoming work, including information about any work that may impact normal community activities."
From the web page:
Remedial Design: Pre-Design Field Investigation
Pre-Design Field Investigations are ongoing at the former Citizens MGP as part of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) approved Remedial Design Work Plan (RDWP). Work includes the installation of geotechnical borings to gather information required for the design of retaining structures in the areas to be excavated, product collection test wells to define NAPL collection rates and properties, and test pits to better define subsurface structures and existing bulkhead conditions. The site is broken down into four parcels as follows:
- Parcel I: Smith and 5th Streets
- Parcel II: Hoyt St along Gowanus Canal
- Parcel III: Smith and Huntington Streets
- Parcel IV: Hoyt and 5th Streets.
Activities Week of 03/ 16-20 /09:
- Groundwater level gauging on Parcels I, II and III.
Future (two week look-ahead) activities:
- No near-term activities planned. Parcel III Pre-Design Investigation to commence after warehouse demolition is complete.
Related ActivitiesDemolition activities related to the warehouse on Parcel III are being performed by the present property owner who has responsibility for those activities. National Grid is awaiting the foundation slab removal schedule and will implement the slab removal Community Air Monitoring Program when the foundation slab is removed.
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