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: September 7, 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 there is a planned shutdown of the on-site groundwater treatment system to drain the outfall for cleaning and maintenance on 9/15/22.  The treatment system is expected to be back online by midday on 9/16/22.
  3. 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.

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 on-line and operating properly.
  3. Antea informed E&E/WSP that the product recovery pump for RW-5 is offline with a bad ALV and Antea expects to replace the pump with new QED pump soon.
  4. Antea informed E&E/WSP that RW-9 remains offline, and they are continuing to troubleshoot a bad transducer.
  5. Antea and E&E/WSP observed a petroleum sheen within the northern portion of the bulkhead boom containment area. No sheens were observed on the creek outside the boom containment area.

 Planned Activities

  1. Routine treatment system maintenance
  2. Continued RW-9 diagnostic testing/troubleshooting.

Former Paragon Oil Terminal/Apollo Street Creek Parcels

Description of Activities

  1. Arcadis informed E&E/WSP that the September SPDES sampling was performed on September 6th.
  2. Arcadis informed E&E/WSP that recovery well pump inspection and maintenance is scheduled for 9/16/22.
  3. Arcadis informed E&E/WSP that Atlantic Response was originally scheduled for a Newtown Creek Bulkhead inspection on 9/6/22, but the event was postponed due to weather.  The inspection is likely being rescheduled for 9/19/22.
  4. Arcadis informed E&E/WSP that the fall Ambient Air Sampling Event is scheduled for September 17-18.
  5. Arcadis informed E&E/WSP that the 4th quarter 2022 site wide gauging event is scheduled for 10/11/22.

 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 during the 7:34 AM 4.1’ AMSL high tide.


This page was last updated on Friday, September 9, 2022.