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 and Geology P.C. [E&E]) conducts monthly 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: May 12, 2021

Former ExxonMobil Terminal

Description of Activities

  1. E&E/WSP observed the on-site treatment system in operation and recorded current operating parameters of the air strippers from the control screen.
  2. Roux informed E&E/WSP that a soil boring was drilled last week to set up for the remaining TPH excavation work that is planned for July 2021.
  3. Roux informed E&E/WSP that the 2Q 2021 quarterly gauging event was performed yesterday (May 11).
  4. Roux informed E&E/WSP that some of the free-product pipes were jetted in an attempt to improve flow.
  5. E&E/WSP and Roux collected a sample of the on-site effluent for visual observation and compared it to a previously collected sample taken from the Newtown Creek in the vicinity of the outfall.

 Planned Activities

  1. Routine treatment system maintenance.

ExxonMobil Off-Site Plume Area

Description of Activities

  1. E&E/WSP observed the off-site treatment system in operation and recorded current operating parameters of the air strippers from the control screen.
  2. E&E/WSP and Roux collected a sample of 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.

KM Terminal (Former BP Terminal)

Description of Activities

  1. Antea conducted a site tour with E&E/WSP personnel.
  2. Antea informed E&E/WSP that the 2Q 2021 quarterly gauging event was performed on May 11.
  3. Antea informed E&E/WSP that RW-14 recovery well is off-line while Antea troubleshoots groundwater pump issues at the well.
  4. E&E/WSP observed Newtown Creek conditions along the KM bulkhead and no sheens were observed in any of the containment areas or in Newtown Creek.
  5. E&E/WSP and Antea collected a sample of the on-site effluent for visual observation and compared it to a previously collected sample taken from the Newtown Creek in the vicinity of the outfall.

 Planned Activities

  1. Routine treatment system maintenance.

Former Paragon Oil Terminal/Apollo Street Creek Parcels

Description of Activities

  1. Arcadis conducted an overview required H&S protocol, as well as conducted a site tour with E&E/WSP personnel.
  2. Arcadis informed E&E/WSP that a bulkhead inspection was conducted on May 6 identified several anchors that hold the boom in place are missing and will be replaced during a future inspection event.
  3. Arcadis informed E&E/WSP that Arcadis personnel are typically only onsite 1 day per week and it is generally on Mondays.
  4. Arcadis informed E&E/WSP that the 2Q 2021 quarterly gauging event was performed on May 11.
  5. E&E/WSP 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 were observed in any of the containment areas or in Newtown Creek.

 Planned Activities

  1. Routine treatment system maintenance.

Newtown Creek Observations

Former Paragon Terminal Bulkhead
E&E 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.

Meeker Avenue Bulkhead
E&E 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 not discharging 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 2.5 hours after the 4:42 AM 0.1’ AMSL low tide.


This page was last updated on Friday, May 21, 2021.