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: July 14, 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 on-site treatment system DMR sampling was performed on July 13.

 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. Roux informed E&E/WSP that off-site treatment system DMR sampling will be performed on July 15.

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 groundwater pump in RW-14 offline due to a bad transducer. The transducer was replaced and malfunctioned again.  Electrician are scheduled to trouble shoot the issue later this month.
  3. Antea informed E&E/WSP that the groundwater pump in MW-24 not working and Antea plans on switching the type of pump.
  4. E&E/WSP observed the groundwater treatment system was offline during site walk through because the system fire alarm battery is dead, so the system shut off.  Antea plans to replace the battery later in the day.
  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 informed E&E/WSP that a new oil cooler was installed on the system air compressor on 6/10/2021 and the groundwater treatment system was brough back online.
  2. Arcadis informed E&E/WSP that a bulkhead inspection was conducted on June 24 and no issues were identified.  The next bulkhead inspection is scheduled for July 19.
  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 two week summer shut down for the warehouse is scheduled to begin on July 19 and expected work during the shutdown includes slab maintenance, filling in cracks, and product recovery.
  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 at the 7:08 AM 0.2’ AMSL low tide.


This page was last updated on Friday, July 30, 2021.