740 Pine Street, Brooklyn, NY 11235

East New York

superfund VOCs "vapor intrusion" CVOCs

Jodave Realty, Maj Realty, and World Cleaners
Site Description[1]
The property contains a 1-story brick building and a parking lot which is surrounded by a chain link fence. The site is currently occupied by a dry cleaning operation (World Cleaners). In early 1999, EPA conducted two separate inspections of the Majestic Garment Cleaners facility. During those inspections, EPA personnel observed employees disposing of tetrachloroethene (PCE) contaminated water from steam presses onto the ground behind the facility. They also noticed that the areas around the dry cleaning equipment were visibly contaminated with PCE-contaminated lint and a dark liquid residue. EPA subsequently learned that Majestic employees regularly vacuumed PCE-contaminated lint and disposed of it in a dumpster behind the building. Completed investigations include an Immediate Investigation Work Assignment (2001). In January 2004, a Voluntary Cleanup Agreement was signed, and in July 2005, the Volunteer performed fieldwork associated with the Remedial Investigation (RI). However, the Volunteer never submitted a formal RI Report documenting the results of the investigation, and in June 2006, the State terminated the agreement with the owner of the site due to their failure to respond appropriately. After reasonable efforts to enter into negotiations with the current owner failed, the site was referred to State Superfund on November 7, 2008.

Site Environmental Assessment
The primary contaminants of concern at the site known at this time include tetrachloroethylene (PCE), trichloroethylene (TCE), 1,2-dichloroethylene (1,2-DCE) and vinyl chloride. The initial investigation indicates groundwater beneath the site has been impacted. Exceedances of standards, criteria and guidance include PCE, TCE, 1,2-DCE and vinyl chloride in groundwater.

Site Health Assessment
The facility is an active dry-cleaner and past disposal practices included dumping filter cartridges on the ground surface. Access to the site is controlled; thereby reducing the likelihood of direct contact exposures for the community if any waste remains at the surface. Public water from a distant source is supplied to the area to prevent the potential for ingestion of contaminated groundwater. Soil gas samples need to be collected to evaluate the potential for soil vapor intrusion.

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