112-15 Beach Channel Drive, Far Rockaway, Queens, NY 11694

Far Rockaway

VCP VOCs CVOCs "Vapor Intrusion" brownfield shopping

Benenson Belle Harbor, LLC
Site Description[1] 
The site is located in a commercial-residential area in the Far Rockaway section of Queens. The property is approximately five acres in area with the site structures reportedly constructed in the 1970s and 1980s. The eastern portion of the property remained undeveloped until the early to mid 1970's at which time the shopping center was constructed. The shopping Center consists of a Waldbaum’s Supermarket, Duane Reade Pharmacy, a dry cleaner, a pizzeria, and Citibank. The property is located next to a Class 2 Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Site (LILCO, Rockaway Park) and a remediated Voluntary Cleanup Site (Mobil Station). Site soil and groundwater have been impacted by on-site dry cleaning activities, nearby rail/subway yard, a coal gassification facility, historic fill and an adjacent gas station.

Site Environmental Assessment
Subsurface investigations were conducted in November 2000 and identified volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including tetrachloroethene, trichloroethene, vinyl chloride, trans 1,2-dichloroethene and cis 1,2-dichloroethene, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), including naphthalene and other coal gas manufacturing type wastes. VOC concentrations in the groundwater samples were ranging from non-detect to 2,000 ppb. Soil samples collected beneath the floor of the dry cleaning establishment revealed concentrations of tetrachloroethene (PCE) ranging from 1,800 ppb to 7,200 ppb. The Remedial Investigation Report indicated two separate contaminant plumes at the opposite sides of shopping center. Additional investigations are required. Remedial Investigation Report prepared in May 2003 revealed SVOCs and metals at concentrations exceeding TAGM 4046 in fill samples. Groundwater standards were exceeded for VOCs and SVOCs in two locations. Followup investigations were conducted in May 2004 to further assess subsurface conditions. This confirmed two separate groundwater contamination plumes. The two plumes are at opposite sides of A&P stores and are unrelated. Soil Gas investigations are required.

Site Health Assessment
NYSDOH has insufficient information to fully evaluate the potential for human exposures.

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