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: February 9, 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 system is shut down due to the yearly clean out of the air rotation tanks.
  3. E&E/WSP observed the completed backfill of TPH hot spot excavation “N” and “O” areas on the property.

 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.

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 treatment system is offline because the petrotape tape within tank 35 is not set properly which set off the high-level alarm and shut down the system. Antea plans to reset the petrotape tape and expects to have the system back online by the end of the day.
  3. Antea informed E&E/WSP that the LNAPL pump in RW-6 is offline and plan to trouble shoot the issue.
  4. Antea informed E&E/WSP that the pump in MW-9 not working correctly and Antea plans to run new wire above grade to see if there is a fault in the sub-grade wiring.
  5. Antea informed E&E/WSP that the LNAPL pump in MW-6 is offline because a new air logic valve is needed for LNAPL pump.  This repair is expected to be replaced on 2/10.
  6. Antea informed E&E/WSP that the LNAPL pump in MW-24 is offline and waiting to replace the pump with new QED LNAPL genie pump that is on order.

 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 the February SPDES sampling was performed on February 7th.
  2. Arcadis informed E&E/WSP that a section of the upper bulkhead area globe boom system was observed to be unattached from its landside anchoring point last week and a subcontractor (Atlantic Response) is being scheduled to fix the globe boom.
  3. Arcadis informed E&E/WSP that the semi-annual ambient air sampling event (winter sampling event) took place on February 5-6.
  4. Arcadis informed E&E/WSP that the first quarter 2022 Site Wide Gauging Event is scheduled for February 24th.

 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 about 3 hours before the 10:05 AM 0.7’ AMSL low tide.


This page was last updated on Thursday, March 24, 2022.