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: October 17, 2018

Former ExxonMobil Terminal

Description of Activities

  1. Roux informed E&E that the first round of on-site DMR  sampling was performed on 10/9, and the second round of DMR sampling will be performed on 10/23.
  2. Roux informed E&E that the third quarter gauging event is scheduled for 7/18/18.
  3. Roux informed E&E that vaults and piping for the water flooding program is expected to be completed before the end of the year.
  4. Roux informed E&E that there are preliminary plans to install an elevated catwalk around the on-site treatment system carbon vessels for accessibility when working on the vessels.
  5. E&E observed the on-site treatment system in operation and recorded current operating parameters of the air strippers from the control screen.
  6. E&E and Roux collected a sample of the on-site effluent for visual obsevation 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 E&E that the first round of off-site DMR sampling was performed on 10/11, and the second round of DMR sampling will be performed on 10/25.
  2. Roux informed E&E that the off-site treatment system updates are completed and the system resumed operation starting on 10/03.  Roux also informed E & E that after the reconfiguration of the effluent and surge pumps piping out of the tank, the pumps’ are now running more efficiently.
  3. Roux informed E&E a second round of a biannual product line testing is in the process of being scheduled.
  4. E&E 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 informed E&E that the 4th quarterly gauging event has been scheduled for 11/07. 
  2. Antea informed E&E that product recovery pumps in RW-4 have been replaced with Xitech pneumatic pumps, and the recovery pumps in RW-1 will be replaced by the end of the week.

 Planned Activities

  1. None.

Former Paragon Oil Terminal/Apollo Street Creek Parcels

Description of Activities

  1. Leidos informed E&E that electricians contracted by Empire Merchants are on-site to install new electrical equipment for the on-site treatment system.  The work is expected to be completed by the end of the week. 
  2. Leidos informed E&E that aboveground air and fluid lines from recovery well vaults are being routed to and installed into the new treatment system.  Leidos expects the fluid line work to be completed in 1-2 weeks.
  3. Leidos informed E&E that software contractors are scheduled to be on-site in November to program the treatment system’s control panels.
  4. Leidos informed E & E that the final bulkhead inspection for 2018 is scheduled for 10/25.  During the inspection, new anchor tees for the containment booms will also be installed.

 Planned Activities

  1. Continuation of treatment system piping and equipment installation

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.

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 was discharging a moderate amount of 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 hour and 45 minutes before the 10:31 AM 3.3’ AMSL low tide.


This page was last updated on Thursday, October 25, 2018.