The Uniforms for Industry site is a 1.72 acre parcel located at 129-09 Jamaica Avenue, Richmond Hill, Queens. Two interconnected buildings make up approximately 2/3 of the site. The remaining area is covered predominantely by pavement. The site is bounded by 127th St. to the west, Jamaica Ave. to the south, residential properties to the north, and a railroad to the east. The surrounding parcels are mainly residential with some first floor commercial and light industrial. The site is currently inactive but until 2002 was used for commercial laundering services. A number of spills from machinery and underground storage tanks have led to extensive soil and groundwater contamination. As of this update, there have been a series of investigations dating as far back as 1993 with the most recent investigation taking place in March 2007. Fieldwork associated with the current investigation commenced in November 2008, and is being performed by Environmental Liability Management, LLC under New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program.Site Environmental Assessment
Previous investigations have identified both chlorinated and petroleum hydrocarbons in soil and groundwater. The plume of contaminated groundwater has not been fully delineated at this time but will be a major focus of further investigation. A free product plume was encountered at 4 of 12 wells and appears to be stable within the boundaries of the site.
Site Health Assessment
Exposure to site contaminants in drinking water is unlikely since the area is served with public water. Contact with potentially contaminated soil is not likely since the site is covered by buildings and pavement. If the on-site building is occupied in the future the inhalation of site contaminants in the indoor air from vapor intrusion is possible. The indoor air and vapor beneath nearby residences will be tested to determine if site contaminants are entering homes through vapor intrusion.