616 First Ave., New York, NY 10016

Murray Hill

VCP PAHs PCBs brownfield

ConEd and TRC Companies, Inc.
Site Description[1] 
TRC Companies, Inc. (TRC) entered into a Voluntary Cleanup Order with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) for remediation of the First Avenue Properties, including the 616 First Avenue Property. The 616 First Avenue Property is currently owned by Consolidated Edison Companies of New York, Inc. Con Edison) and is also known as the Kips Bay Fuel Terminal. The Kips Bay parcel consists of 1.6 acres located just west of the East River and FDR Drive and south of the UN Building in a highly developed commercial/residential area between East 35th and East 36th Streets. This property has most recently been used by Con-Ed for parking and fuel storage and transformer storage for the Waterside Generating Station. The property is currently vacant. The site was initially operated as a lumber and coal/wood yard until 1899 and primarily a lumber yard until approximately 1926 when the New York Steam Corporation built a coal-fired steam plant on the eastern side of the site. Con Edison became the owner of the steam plant and in 1970 added a Fuel Oil Pump House and 255,000-gallon underground fuel oil storage tank (UST), Switch Gear Room/Guard Station Building, three transformers, Foam Tank Building used for fire protection, three underground fuel pipelines and a fueling island and associated canopy. Con Edison initiated demolition of the steam plant in 1987 and completed the demolition in 1994. Since then, the site has been used to supply fuel oil, as necessary, to Con Edison’s Waterside Generating Station located at 700 First Avenue and as a parking facility for Con Edison vehicles. TRC investigated environmental conditions at the site pursuant to a DEC-approved Supplemental Soil Investigation Work Plan, dated March 2001. The investigation found elevated levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and metals in soils. In groundwater, certain metals were detected at concentrations exceeding NYSDEC Class GA water quality standards. These results are documented in a Supplemental Soil Investigation Final Report, in conjunction with the Remediation Work Plan, dated June 2003. TRC completed an environmental cleanup pursuant to the NYSDEC-approved Remediation Work Plan. The Remediation Work Plan for this site included: (1) removing the UST and other subsurface fuel pipelines and structures; (2) excavated and offsite disposal of all on-site soils above the development depth (16 feet below ground surface, or to the groundwater or the bedrock, whichever is shallower) and; 3) groundwater monitoring in accordance with NYSDEC requirements. Based on sampling results in the Supplemental Soil Investigation Final Report, dated June 2003, institutional controls such as deed restrictions, are required. The deed restriction has been filed. A Final Engineering Report, dated March 2006, was approved by the Department on June 13, 2006, contingent on the approval of a Site Management Plan (SMP). A draft SMP, dated August 2006, was reviewed by the Department and comments were issued on March 2, 2007 and September 14, 2007. A final SMP, dated October 2007, was approved on November 8, 2007. Additional site information can be found in the UIS under the BCP Site number C231014.

Site Environmental Assessment
The investigation found elevated levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and metals in soils. In groundwater, certain metals were detected at concentrations exceeding NYSDEC Class GA water quality standards. All soil on the site, above the development depth (16 feet below ground surface, or to the groundwater or the bedrock, whichever is shallower), was excavated and disposed offsite. Institutional controls (deed restrictions), will be required below the development depth. The FER has been approved, contingent on the approval of an SMP. A draft SMP was summitted to the Department and comments were issued on September 14, 2007. Waiting on a final SMP which should be approvable pending the filing of the environmental easement.

Site Health Assessment
Contact with contaminants in soil is unlikely since contaminated soil was excavated and disposed off-site and the surrounding area is covered by buildings and pavement. Drinking water with site-related contaminants is unlikely as area is served by public water. The potential for soil vapor intrusion has been evaluated and no exposures to contaminated soil vapor are expected.

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