The Meeker Ave. Contaminant Plume
Meeker Ave TCE/PCE Plumes Map. To enlarge click image. For a pdf versionclick here.
According to a recent investigation
by the NYS Dept of Environmental Conservation, the unnamed soap manufacturer and lacquer storage businesses that previously occupied 171 Lombardy are 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.