NYSDEC Oversight

The NYSDEC provides oversight of activities conducted by the major responsible parties at various Greenpoint petroleum remediation sites in Brooklyn, New York. NYSDEC’s subcontractor (Ecology and Environment Engineering P.C.) conducts bi-weekly field oversight of PRP activities to assist NYSDEC in developing a better understanding of the day to day investigation and remedial activities that occur in the Greenpoint area and report any pertinent issues to NYSDEC’s project manager.

The following sections summarize recent activities observed at the various Greenpoint remediation sites in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Date of Oversight Observation: November 15, 2017

Former ExxonMobil Terminal

Description of Activities

  1. EEEPC observed the on-site treatment system in operation and recorded current operating parameters of the air strippers from the control screen.
  2. Roux informed EEEPC that the first round of on-site monthly DMR sampling was performed on 11/7.
  3. Roux informed EEEPC that RW-18 is scheduled to be redeveloped on 11/28 to determine what its product yield would be should Roux decide to bring it back into operation.
  4. Roux informed EEEPC that replacement parts for the OWS was received last Friday 11/17. Auchter is scheduled to perform the OWS parts replacement work during the week of 11/27 and will take 2 days to complete. The on-site treatment facility will remain online during the work.
  5. EEEPC and Roux collected a sample of the on-site effluent for visual observation and compared it to a previously collected sample taken from Newtown Creek in the vicinity of the outfall.

 Planned Activities

  1. Routine treatment system maintenance.

ExxonMobil Off-Site Plume Area

Description of Activities

  1. Roux informed EEEPC that Bancker Environmental is in the process of completing site preparations for lifting out the 4,000 gallon UST for recovery well RW-J. Roux also informed YU that a crane contractor was at the site on 11/13 to discuss the lift plan and has tentatively scheduled the lift operation the week of 11/27. The UST will be moved to Kingsland Yard where it will be cleaned and then disposed.  
  2. Roux informed EEEPC that quarterly gauging scheduled for 11/8 has been postponed to 12/7 due to a blower outage at the off-site SVE system on 10/27. A replacement blower was installed and the off-site treatment facility was brought back online on 11/11. NYSDEC was notified of the system being offline for longer than 3 days.  
  3. Roux informed EEEPC that the first round of off-site monthly DMR sampling was performed on 11/9.
  4. EEEPC and Roux collected a sample from the off-site effluent for visual observation and compared it to a previously collected sample taken from Newtown Creek in the vicinity of the outfall.

Planned Activities

  1. Routine treatment system maintenance.
  2. Continuation of recovery well RW-J decommissioning.

KM Terminal (Former BP Terminal)

Description of Activities

  1. Antea informed EEEPC that quarterly well gauging has been postponed until December.
  2. Antea informed EEEPC that the treatment system bag filters were changed out this morning .
  3. Antea informed EEEPC that RW-14 has been reconfigured to bypass the filter and the intake is set above the product float. Antea also informed YU that RW-14 is being operated periodically for testing and the reconfiguration has been successful in pumping out product at intended rates when in operation.
  4. Antea informed EEEPC that one more maintenance event for the air strippers (e.g. tray swap, power washing) is scheduled before the end of the year.
  5. EEEPC and Antea collected a sample of on-site effluent for visual observation and compared it to a previously collected sample from Newtown Creek.

 Planned Activities

  1. Routine treatment system maintenance.

Former Paragon Oil Terminal/Apollo Street Creek Parcels

Description of Activities

  1. Leidos informed EEEPC that a treatment system cleaning was performed last week
  2. Leidos informed EEEPC that Empire Merchants will shut down for one week in January. During this week, Leidos intends to perform PID monitoring, soil gas sampling, and crack sealing inside the building.
  3. Leidos informed EEEPC that the treatment system clay/carbon filters are backwashed every other week.

 Planned Activities

  1. Routine treatment system maintenance.

Newtown Creek Observations

Former Paragon Terminal Bulkhead
EEEPC observed conditions along the upper, middle, and lower bulkheads, within the containment areas, and in Newtown Creek in the vicinity of the bulkhead. No sheens or sediment plumes were observed in any of the containment areas or in Newtown Creek.

Meeker Avenue Bulkhead
EEEPC observed the conditions of Newtown Creek at the end of Meeker Avenue in the vicinity of the ExxonMobil Off-site outfall and adjacent storm outfalls. Storm outfall D was observed to be partally submerged in water. No sheens or sediment plumes were observed in the vicinity or within visible distance upstream or downstream of the outfalls. This observation took place approximately 1 hours and 30 minutes after the 7:12 AM 4.6’ AMSL high tide.


This page was last updated on Friday, November 17, 2017.