364 Richardson St., Brooklyn, NY 11222

East Williamsburg

TCE PCE "chlorinated solvents" "Meeker Ave. Plume" "vapor intrusion" CVOCs superfund

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This property was previously occupied by Klink Cosmo Cleaners, a clothing warehouse and dry cleaning operation that operated from the mid 1950's until some time after 1995.  The eastern half of the block long property is now occupied by AWL Industries Incorporated and the western half by New York Environmental Systems.  The property is owned by Pavlovich & 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, Klink Cosmo Cleaners 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
364 Richardson 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".[1]

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