Beach Channel Drive and 49th Street, Rockaway, Queens, NY 10013


Superfund PAHs VOCs "Vapor Intrusion" "Jamaica Bay"

Though described on the NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation website as Edgemere Urban Renewal Park, the park has yet to materialize and this property is not open to the public.  In 2009, local civic leaders proposed that the Long Island Power Authority install a solar array and open up Edgemere's waterfront to the public.[1] 

Site Description
The Edgemere Landfill operated from 1938 to 1991 and received approximately 1200 tons per day of New York City's solid wastes at the time it was closed. Hazardous waste was reported to have been dumped at the site between 1975 and 1979. The exact quantity and location where hazardous wastes were dumped is unknown but was estimated at several hundred thousand gallons. In March 1983, an area of buried 55-gallon drums was discovered in the southwest corner of the landfill. The NYSDEC negotiated a Consent Agreement with the New York City Department of Sanitation (NYCDOS) to investigate and remediate the site. In 1989, the NYCDOS excavated approximately 7000 crushed drums, and disposed the drums and contaminated soils off-site. Currently, only the 1.1 acre former drum burial area and the 118 acres of the actual landfill are listed. A groundwater pump and treat system for the drum area was installed in 1995. The NYCDOS completed the Remedial Investigation / Feasibility Study (RI/FS) for the site in 1993. The Record of Decision (ROD) selected an impermeable cap along with an active gas control system. Remedial construction activities began in September of 1995. The landfill is now capped and the gas collection system is operating continuously. The engineering Certificate of Completion has been submitted. A long-term Operation and Maintenance (O&M) program is ongoing.

Site Environmental Assessment
The primary environmental concerns at the Edgemere Landfill Site included a buried drum area, landfill leachate and disposal of hazardous constituents including heavy metals, SVOC's, PAHs and and petroleum hydrocarbons. The remediation of this landfill has been completed. Drums and highly contaminated soils were removed and disposed off Site. The landfill has been capped. A gas flare has been installed and is running 24 hours a day. A long term O&M program is ongoing.

Site Health Assessment
A fence limits site access. Groundwater directly beneath the landfill is contaminated with heavy metals and organics. Groundwater in the area is not used as a source of drinking water. Numerous leachate seeps enter Jamaica Bay waters and exposure to contaminants is possible through consumption of finfish and shellfish. No restrictive fish advisories apply to Jamaica Bay, although general marine advisories for some species do apply. Recreational and limited commercial fishing occurs; net-fishing is restricted and taking of clams, oysters, and mussels is prohibited due to infectious disease concerns.

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