BCF Oil Refining operated a waste oil refinery at this location until 1994. In 1986 the property was registered with the EPA as a large quantity generator and transporter of hazardous waste under the name of Calleia Bros. Co. The property is now being redeveloped by Gaseteria in partnership with Newtown Development LLC. Its final use is unknown. Gaseteria, part of the LargaVista Companies, also owns 364 Maspeth, which was previously the site of the Ditmas Terminal.
B.C.F.'s buildings and storage tanks have been razed and redevelopment is underway
Site Description This site was deleted from the State Superfund Program on 4/13/2011. The site is located within an urban industrialized area of Southside, Brooklyn, Zoning M3-1. Keyspan borders the site on the north, Newtown Creek on the south, a city automobile impound lot on the east and TNT scrap on the west. The total area is 1.9 acres (257'x410'), of which 0.3 acre is water surface, 0.8 acre is unvegetated soil, and 0.8 acre either paved or covered with gravel surfaces. Prior to demolition, there were 7 abandoned buildings and four 110,000 gal tanks in a diked area. The site is currently inactive but until 1994 was used as an oil refining facility. The property was registered in 1986 with USEPA as a large quantity generator and transporter of hazardous waste under the name of Calleia Bros. Co., the previous owner. In 2001, EPA removed product from the tanks and connecting pipes, which were contaminated with PCBs, as well as the removal of 55 and 85-gal drums. A remedial investigation of the site to determine the extent of contamination is underway.
Site Environmental Assessment The primary potential contaminants of concern are benzene in groundwater, PAH's in soil, and PCB's in soil and/or groundwater. The nearest surface water body is English Kill/Newtown Creek tributary to the East River. The site presents a significant threat due to close proximity of Newtown Creek and potential soil and/or groundwater contamination of petroleum hydrocarbons, PAH's and PCB's from past spillage. The EPA emergency removal action mitigated the threat of leakage from the large tanks, piping, and drums.
Site Health Assessment Numerous under and above ground storage tanks (USTs and ASTs) containing oil, water, solids, and sludge were removed or closed in-place by the USEPA as part of an emergency removal action. The contents of the tanks were contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and halogenated solvents. Access to the site is controlled, and nearby homes and businesses are supplied with public water. Initial investigations have shown on-site soil is contaminated with volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds, and the groundwater with benzene. Further investigation is needed to evaluate potential exposure pathways.
Litigation In 2005, The US Attornery General filed a complaint in federal court in Brooklyn against B.C.F. Oil Refining, Inc., and Cary Fields - a shareholder, paid consultant, and chairman of the Board of B.C.F. The complaint seeks reimbursement for the $3.5 million spent by the federal government to remove and dispose of hazardous substances produced by B.C.F.'s operations at the site. The complaint was brought pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act ("CERCLA"), commonly known as the Superfund statute, which was passed by Congress to help cleanup toxic waste sites across the country.