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: July 19, 2017

Former ExxonMobil Terminal

Description of Activities

  1. Roux informed EEEPC the new gate at the northwest side of Kingsland Yard as well as the new fence along the perimeter of the OWS closure have been installed.
  2. Roux informed EEEPC that the installation of the drainage structures will begin next Monday, 7/24 at the former trailers location in the Kingsland Yard.
  3. Roux informed EEEPC that the first round of on-site DMR sampling was performed on 7/6.
  4. Roux informed EEEPC that the second round of on-site DMR sampling wil be performed on 7/20.
  5. Roux informed EEEPC that a system clean-out is scheduled for mid-August, which will include tank washing and pipe cleaning.
  6. EEEPC observed the on-site treatment system in operation and recorded current operating parameters of the air strippers from the control screen.
  7. 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 the first round of off-site DMR sampling was performed on 7/5.  
  2. Roux informed EEEPC that the second round of off-site DMR sampling will be performed today.  
  3. Roux informed EEEPC that removal of the 4,000 gallon UST located near RW-J is tentatively scheduled for August.
  4. Roux informed EEEPC that the treatment facility was offline for approximately 6 hours on 7/7 to perform a clean-out of the process tank.
  5. Roux informed EEEPC that the quarterly gauging event is tentatively scheduled for early September.
  6. 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.

KM Terminal (Former BP Terminal)

Description of Activities

  1. Antea informed EEEPC that the treatment system bag filters were changed out on Monday 7/17 and today. The will be changed again on Friday, 7/21.
  2. Antea informed EEEPC that product was removed from the temporary recovery well drums, the treatment facility product tank, and Tank 35 on Wednesday, 7/12.
  3. Antea informed EEEPC that piping between the equalizer tank and air strippers is scheduled to be replaced at the end of July or beginning of August.
  4. Antea informed EEEPC that a routine monthly performance sampling event was performed on 7/12.
  5. Antea informed EEEPC that on a Friday in early July, the high-level float in the air stripper was not working properly.  The float was replaced the following Monday without the need for a system shutdown.
  6. 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 Chevron representative will be on-site to oversee health and safety practices during work by Leidos as part of Empire Merchants shutdown from July 17 to 28.  The work includes screening indoor warehouse spaces with PIDs, crack sealing, product bailing, and groundwater sampling.  All work is estimated to be completed by the middle of next week. 
  2. Leidos informed EEEPC a bulkhead inspection from the creek is scheduled for this morning to check for cracks and seal the cracks, if necessary.
  3. Leidos informed EEEPC that electrical, hardware, and software installation for the VPR system is complete and testing is currently being performed.  The VPR system is planned for normal operation by the middle of next week.
  4. Leidos informed EEEPC that 6 permanent sub-slab monitoring points have been installed within the warehouse area and are being tested this week. The monitoring points were installed in order to provide greater monitoring coverage of the warehouse and gauge the performance of the current SSDS.

 Planned Activities

  1. Routine treatment system maintenance.
  2. Continuation of site-wide warehouse maintenance, monitoring, and sampling.
  3. Continuation of VPR system testing.

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 discharging a small 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 2 hours and 10 minutes after the 6:08 AM 4.0’ AMSL high tide.


This page was last updated on Friday, July 21, 2017.