72 Anthony St., 95 & 251 Lombardy St., 513 Porter Ave., and 540 Morgan Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11222

East Williamsburg

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

Previously occupied by Acme Architectural Products, this property hosted a brass foundry from the mid 1960's to approximately 1993.  For more information on Acme see Acme Architectural Products - 95 Lombardy. The property is now occupied by AA Kitchen Cabinet and Stone Supply Inc.  The property is currently owned by the New York City Industrial Development Agency, and was previously owned by the Whitehead Co.
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, Acme Architectural Products is responsible for contaminating the soil and groundwater beneath a large swath of East Williamsburg 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
72 Anthony 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 and TCE 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".[1]

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