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: February 14, 2018

Former ExxonMobil Terminal

Description of Activities

  1. Roux informed EEEPC that the first round of on-site DMR  sampling was performed the week of 2/5/18.
  2. Roux informed EEEPC that the second round of on-site DMR sampling is scheduled for 2/22/18.
  3. Roux informed EEEPC that on-site treatment system performance sampling is scheduled for 2/22/18.
  4. Roux informed EEEPC that a quarterly gauging event is schedule for 2/27/18.
  5. Roux informed EEEPC that a subcontractor will be on site next week for a site walkover to plan for the well redevelopment to occur at RW-18 and RW-F in March.
  6. Roux informed EEEPC that the cleaning of the oil-water separator was completed 2/13/18.
  7. EEEPC 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 EEEPC that the off-site treatment system has been offline since 2/9/18 due to a process blower motor failure. It is anticipated that the repair will be completed and the system back online by the end of the week.
  2. Roux informed EEEPC that the off-site treatment system was shutdown between 2/6/18 and 2/8/18 to complete fiber connection re-routing at the former RW-J location. Roux informed EEEPC that all work associated with decommissioning RW-J has been completed.
  3. Roux informed EEEPC that a clean-out for the SVE airlines is planned for Bridgewater Street.

Planned Activities

  1. Routine treatment system maintenance.

KM Terminal (Former BP Terminal)

Description of Activities

  1. Antea informed EEEPC that quarterly well gauging is scheduled for 2/27/18.
  2. Antea informed EEEPC that the treatment system bag filters were changed out today.
  3. Antea informed EEEPC that fouled piping replacement within the treatment system is expected to occur when the weather warms.
  4. Antea informed EEEPC that RW-9 has been retrofitted for the use of a compressor and is no longer operating on nitrogen tanks. Antea informed EEEPC that the switch has improved the recovery rate of the well due to uninterrupted operation.
  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. None.

Former Paragon Oil Terminal/Apollo Street Creek Parcels

Description of Activities

  1. Leidos informed EEEPC that a new totalizer flow meter is being installed today. Leidos also informed EEEPC that the new totalizer will be fitted with an electronic monitoring system for real-time access to discharge data by NYSDEC. The totalizer installation is expected to be completed today and the treatment system will be brought back online, with the electronic monitoring system installed at a later date.
  2. Leidos informed EEEPC that the concrete pad and mechanical components for the SSD system at 50 Bridgewater Stree is on hold until a flood permit is received.
  3. Leidos informed EEEPC that an indoor air quality monitoring event was performed on 2/3/18.
  4. Leidos informed EEEPC that the treatment system retrofit event is scheduled for the end of April. In addition to rearranging treatment system components, the installation of a covered enclosure, overdrilling of MW-73R and installing new well material, PW-1R and CMW-55 will be abandoned. All are located within the middle bulkhead.

 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 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 19 minutes before the 8:44 AM 4.3’ AMSL high tide.


This page was last updated on Thursday, February 15, 2018.