37-80 Review Avenue, Long Island City, Queens NY 10111

Long Island City

Superfund brownfield VOCs CVOCs "vapor intrusion"

Quanta Resources
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Site Description[1]
The Quanta Resources Site is an approximately 1.8 acre parcel located at 37-80 Review Avenue, within a highly industrialized area of Long Island City, Queens, New York. Zoning in this area is designated as heavy manufacturing. The site is bounded on the northeast by Review Avenue and on the southwest by the Southern Line of the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR). On the northwest it is bounded by an alley (Preston Street) that runs from Review Avenue to the LIRR tracks. On the southeast it is bounded by the property currently owned by Phoenix Beverages (an imported beer distributor). Farther to the northeast, across Review Avenue, is Calvary Cemetery. Farther to the northwest, across the alley, is the "North Capasso" property, also referred to as Review Avenue Development I (RADI). Farther to the southwest, across the LIRR tracks, is the "South Capasso" property. Newtown Creek lies beyond the South Capasso property farther to the southeast approximately 450 feet from the site. Fencing bounds the property on all sides. A Consent Order was signed with numerous PRPs in May 2002 for the undertaking of investigation and remediation activities. An RI/FS was completed. Soil and groundwater contamination has been confirmed. The primary contaminants of concern include petroleum hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents, PCBs, heavy metals and PAHs. Measurable LNAPL was found in 24 of 29 onsite and offsite monitoring wells. The Site was accepted into BCP. The BCA agreement was executed on 12/2/05 (see C241005). A PRAP was issued in June 2006. A PRAP Public Meeting was held on June 28, 2006 and the public comment period closed on August 3, 2006. The ROD was signed 2/9/07 requiring a $15,560,000 remedy which includes an LNAPL recovery system. Remedial Design is underway. The Quanta Resources property and surrounding properties have been used for a variety of industrial purposes since the late 19th century. A Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from 1898 indicates that the site was partially occupied by vacant and dilapidated brick wrecks of an oil refinery. Available information indicates the earliest recorded actual owner of the property was American Agricultural Chemical Company. In 1931 the property was transferred to Triplex Oil. Triplex Oil used the property for refining of used crank case oil for approximately 40 years. From 1972 until 1980 the facility was operated by several different owners including Pentalic Corporation, Sea Lion Corporation, Ag-met Oil Service, Inc., Hudson Oil Refining Corp., and Portland Holding Corp. In 1980 Quanta Resources acquired the property, and used the property for the re-refining of used crankcase oil and other liquid recycling before filing for bankruptcy on October 6, 1981. The site has been inactive since being abandoned in November 1981. Tanks and several buildings remain on site. A number of potential LNAPL source areas existed on the Quanta Resources Site throughout its operational history, however, the primary suspected source area is the tank farm area located in the northeastern portion of the site. A New York City emergency remedial action removed approximately 640,000 gallons of waste oil from the property. Some of the waste oil contained tetrachloroethene, methyl chloride, 1,1,1-trichloroethane and trichloroethene. Sludge, waste oil, and diesel fuel, all contaminated with PCBs, were also removed from badly deteriorated leaking tanks and drums. As part of NYSDEC's Phase II Investigation, three on-site groundwater monitoring wells were installed. During installation it was discovered that there was a seven foot layer of oil lying above the groundwater table. A Consent Order was signed with numerous PRPs in May 2002 for the undertaking of investigation and remediation activities. An RI/FS was completed. Soil and groundwater contamination has been confirmed. The Site was accepted into BCP. The BCA agreement was executed on 12/2/05 (see C241005). A PRAP was issued in June 2006. A PRAP Public Meeting was held on June 28, 2006 and the public comment period closed on August 3, 2006. The ROD was signed 2/9/07 requiring a $15,560,000 remedy which includes an LNAPL recovery system. See C241005 for post ROD updates.

Site Environmental Assessment

The site presents a significant threat due to the soil and groundwater contamination, free product LNAPL plume and close proximity to Newtown Creek. An RI/FS was completed. Soil and groundwater contamination has been confirmed. The primary contaminants of concern include petroleum hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents,heavy metals and PAHs. Measurable LNAPL was found in 24 of 29 onsite and offsite monitoring wells.

Site Health Assessment

Waste oil previously stored on-site has caused widespread contamination of groundwater and soils. Approximately 500,000 gallons of contaminated waste oil remains at the site, floating on the water table. The aquifer of concern is not used as a source for drinking water. Groundwater wells in this area of Queens are used only for commercial and industrial purposes. A fence surrounds the site restricting access and minimizing the potential for direct contact exposures to on-site contaminates. The potential exists for the floating oil plume to migrate into the nearby Newtown Creek which empties into the East River. Further investigation is required.

Contaminants of Concern
Type of Waste Quantity
1,1,1 TCA UNKNOWN
1,1,1-TRICHLOROETHANE UNKNOWN
BENZENE UNKNOWN
HYDROCARBONS HEAVY METALS. UNKNOWN
METHYL CHLORIDE UNKNOWN
TETRACHLOROETHENE UNKNOWN
TOLUENE UNKNOWN
TOLUENE 2,4-DIISOCYANATE UNKNOWN
TRICHLOROETHENE UNKNOWN

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