Rockaway Boulevard, Queens, NY 11430


Superfund "Heavy Metals"

Site Description[1] 
The site is located immediately north of John F. Kennedy International Airport. The site was operated by the New York City Department of Sanitation as a construction waste landfill from 1970 to 1976. The site was allegedly used as an illegal dumping ground for hazardous wastes from September 1970 to October 1972. Soil and groundwater sampling was conducted in December 1992 as part of a Phase II Investigation. Analysis of soil samples taken from the southeast corner of the landfill revealed levels of lead in excess of Extraction Procedure Toxicity (E.P.Tox) Limits. This location is approximately 1,100 feet east of the proposed Air Cargo Terminal. In June of 1994 the boundary of the site was reduced to include just the area in the southeast corner of the landfill. An additional investigation is needed to further delineate soil found to be a characteristic hazardous waste for lead.

Site Environmental Assessment
Soil contamination with lead leached to saline groundwater. This soil and groundwater contamination is throughout the entire landfill from wastes disposed, but only the southeast corner of the site has hazardous levels of lead.

Site Health Assessment
On-site groundwater is contaminated with heavy metals in excess of drinking water standards; however, the area is supplied with public water. Therefore, ingestion exposure is not expected. Subsurface soils on-site contain elevated levels of PAHs; however, the parcel is covered with clean soils thereby preventing contact exposure to contaminants in subsurface soils.

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