315 Kingsland Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Greenpoint

"Meeker Ave. Plumes" PCE TCE CVOCs Superfund "vapor intrusion"

imageExterior of 315 Kingsland at the corner of Kingsland and Norman
The businesses that once occupied this address and contributed to the Meeker Ave. Contaminant Plumes include the former Spic & Span Cleaners and Dyers, a.k.a. Eastern District Dye Works, and Norman Cleaners & Dyers.  This location hosted these businesses from approximately the early 1900's until the mid 1960's.  The building now appears to be vacant but according to the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) it is owned by Delta Property Associates and includes residential housing, warehouse space, and a woodworking shop.[1] 
imageMeeker Ave TCE/PCE Plumes Map.  To enlarge click image.  For a pdf version click here.
The Meeker Ave. Contaminant Plume
According to a recent investigation by the NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation, Spic and Span Cleaners & Dyers and Norman Cleaners & Dyers are responsible for contaminating the soil and groundwater beneath a large swath of Greenpoint with chlorinated solvents.  The contaminant plumes, collectively referred to by DEC as the "Meeker Ave. Plume", are the direct result of illegal dumping and improper disposal of toxic chemicals used in the dry cleaning, dyeing, and metal working businesses.  The volatile gases from these chlorinated solvent plumes have been intruding into homes and businesses for decades, compromising the health of the residents and employees who live and work in the area.  Human exposure to chlorinated solvents has been linked to the development of autoimmune diseases, birth defects, nervous system disorders, infertility, and cancer.

State Superfund Site
315 Kingsland is now part of the New York State Superfund Program and according to DEC the "site poses a significant environmental threat due to ongoing release of PCE into soil and groundwater [and] since the possibility exists for vapors from site-related chemicals to migrate into nearby homes and businesses, soil vapor intrusion sampling will continue in the area and data evaluated as they become available".[2]

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