65 North 12th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Greenpoint

brownfield VOCs "vapor intrusion"

imageBayside Oil and Bushwick Inlet
Site Description[1]
For over 100 years, this site has been operated as a fuel oil storage and distribution facility. Site soils and groundwater are contaminated with petroleum spill contaminants, MGP waste and heavy metal contamination. TGE entered the Department's Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) in December 2002. The site must be remediated before the facility can be constructed. The current owner of the Site, which TGE has optioned for its cogeneration facility, is the Bayside Fuel Oil Depot. Under Bayside Fuel and previous owners (which include Socony Mobil, Texaco Refining and Marketing and others), the Site has been operated as a fuel oil storage and distribution facility for over 100 years. There is an existing oil spill stipulation (Spill No. 9804544) with Texaco Refining and Marketing that has resulted in ongoing recovery of free-product and contaminated-groundwater. The Phase II assessment was completed in January 2003 and confirmed widespread groundwater and soil contamination with MGP waste and petroleum related contaminants. RI is on-going.  The Open Space Alliance and its supporters want this land dedicated to Bushwick Inlet Park.

Site Environmental Assessment
Previous studies at the Site confirm widespread petroleum contamination with MGP involvement. For example, fuel oil and naphthalene odors are reported in boring logs as deep as 60 feet, and in July 2002 TRC Environmental (TGE's consultant) found heavy staining and MGP waste in a boring 20 feet below grade and reported the occurrence to NYSDEC as a spill (No. 0203677). In addition to organic pollutants, a 1997 investigation also found soil samples with elevated levels of lead. The Phase II assessment was completed in January 2003 and confirmed widespread groundwater and soil contamination with MGP waste and petroleum related contaminants. Heavy staining and odors (coal tar) observed from 20 feet depths to top of clay at 60 feet depths. VOCs and PAH exceed RSCOs below 20 feet depth. Benzene concentrations below 20 feet depth observed up to 864,000 ppb. Off-site benzene detected upto 128,000 ppb. Free product observed (wells B4, MW7). On-site groundwater impacted from water table to top of clay by petroleum and coal tar related compounds. Benzene detected throughout the site at concentrations of 6.5 ppb to 29,500 ppb (in MWB-11). MTBE ranged from 1.2 to 329 ppb and naphthalene ranged from 1.6 to 579 ppb.

Site Health Assessment
The site is an active major oil storage facility. On-site groundwater, soil and soil vapor are contaminated with volatile organic compounds, mainly petroleum compounds. The area is served by public water. Therefore, ingestion exposure is not expected. On-site contaminated soils are covered with pavement. Therefore, contact exposure is not expected. In addition, the site is secured further minimizing the potential for contact with contaminated soils. No on-site or off-site sub-slab soil vapor sampling has been performed to date. Therefore inhalation via vapor intrusion is a potential exposure pathway.

Contaminants of Concern
Type of Waste Quantity
BENZENE UNKNOWN
MTBE (METHYL-TERT-BUTYL ETHER) UNKNOWN
NAPHTHALENE UNKNOWN

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