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: June 8, 2022

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 the on-site groundwater treatment filters are being cleaned onsite today.
  3. Roux informed E&E/WSP that the on-Site DMR sampling to be performed on 6/09/2022
  4. E&E/WSP 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 collected a sample of the off-site effluent for visual observation and compared it to a previously collected sample taken from the Newtown Creek in the vicinity of the outfall.
  3. Roux informed E&E/WSP that the off-Site DMR performed on 6/07/2022.

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 that the groundwater treatment system is still offline, and they are continuing to troubleshoot the system issues.  Rockwell Automation was onsite yesterday (6/7/22) with a new coaxial cable signal tester to continue diagnostic testing of the system.
  3. Antea informed E&E/WSP that that a vac truck was scheduled for 6/9/22 to pump/remove LNAPL from wells while the treatment system was down but the disposal facility notified Antea yesterday that they will no longer accept loads due to the high VOC content in the previous pump out events. Antea has notified KM about this issue and KM is working to approve a new disposal facility that will accommodate LNAPL.
  4. Antea informed E&E/WSP that the geotechnical soil samples scheduled to be collected from the bulkhead near the creek in preparation to repair a portion of the bulkhead has been delayed and will be performed 6/9 or 6/10.
  5. Antea and E&E/WSP observed a slight petroleum sheen within the bulkhead boom containment area. No sheens were observed on the creek outside the boom containment area.

 Planned Activities

  1. Continue treatment system diagnostic testing/troubleshooting.

Former Paragon Oil Terminal/Apollo Street Creek Parcels

Description of Activities

  1. Arcadis informed E&E/WSP that the June SPDES sampling was performed on June 6th.
  2. Arcadis informed E&E/WSP that Atlantic Response is being scheduled to perform an inspection of the bulkhead from Newtown Creek by boat in June.
  3. Arcadis informed E&E/WSP that they are reaching out to the other PRPs to schedule the third quarter 2022 Site Wide Gauging Event in the next month or two.

 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 to not be 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 about 3.5 hours after the 4:07 AM 3.9’ AMSL high tide.


This page was last updated on Thursday, June 16, 2022.