126 Cherry St., Brooklyn, NY

East Williamsburg

"Meeker Ave. Plumes"

Occupied by Curtis Electro NY, a light fixture manufacturer, from the mid 1960's until sometime after 1995, and currently occupied by Best Flowers Corp.
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, Curtis Electro NY 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.

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