Queens Blvd. & Jackson Ave, Long Island City, Queens, NY 11101

Long Island City

brownfield VCP VOCs CVOCs "vapor intrusion"

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Site Description[1]
This site consists of 12 multi-story buildings and associated parking area located in a congested commercial/industrial area of Queens County. The site had formerly been used for chemical manufacturing. From 1901-1978, West Chemical Co. owned the property and manufactured commercial and disinfectant products such as disinfectants, insecticides, soaps, floor wax, and paper products dispensing machines. Manufacturing operations employed various chemical substances including creosote, coal and acids, cresylic acids, degreasing solvents, iodine, and assorted oils and pesticides. Metal plating and gasoline filling operations were also conducted at the property. In 11/78, Outlet City acquired title to the property from West Chemical. During Outlet City's ownership, a flea market and various vendor operations have been conducted at the property. The property is currently used primarily as offices and a warehouse for a chain of retail stores. The site is being investigated under the Voluntary Cleanup Program. An underground storage tank, which had contained gasoline, was removed in 2003 as an Interim Remedial Measure (IRM). A ventilation system was designed and installed in 2004, as an IRM. The ventilation system was started up on June 8, 2004. The final engineering report for this IRM was approved in September 2006. The revised Additional Investigation Work Plan was approved in December 2005. A revised draft Remedial Investigation Report was submitted in April 2007. In 2007, part of this site was approved for the Brownfield Clearup Program (BCP). The Site number for this site is C241105 (Queens Plaza). An IRM work plan for the upgrade of the Bldg. 4 sump is being reviewed. An IRM work plan for free product removal in Areas D&E was submitted to the Dept. and rejected. A new plan has been developed and is being reviewed by the Department. A draft RI report has been submitted and is being reviewed.

Site Environmental Assessment
The site is contaminated with creosote, petroleum, and solvents. Both soil and groundwater are affected. A ventilation IRM is in place in the basement of building No. 4, a low point of the site and where creosote presence is most noticeable.

Site Health Assessment
Exposures to contaminated groundwater is not expected because the area is served by public water. Soils contaminated with etrachloroethene are beneath the site, however, exposure to this soil is not expected because the site is capped with asphalt. Indoor air samples collected in a portion of the on-site building contained levels of tetrachloroethene that exceeded the New York State Department of Health Guideline for tetrachloroethene in Indoor Air. NYSDOH and NYSDEC will evaluate the need for additional investigations to determine the potential for soil vapor intrusion into structures near the site.

Contaminants of Concern
Type of Waste Quantity
1,4-DICHLOROBENZENE UNKNOWN
ACENAPHTHENE UNKNOWN
ACETONE UNKNOWN
ANTHRACENE UNKNOWN
BENZENE UNKNOWN
BENZO(A)PYRENE UNKNOWN
CREOSOTE UNKNOWN
DIBENZOFURAN UNKNOWN
ETHYLBENZENE UNKNOWN
FLUORANTHENE UNKNOWN
FLUORENE UNKNOWN
Hazardous Substances UNKNOWN
MEK UNKNOWN
METHYLENE CHLORIDE UNKNOWN
NAPHTHALENE UNKNOWN
PHENANTHRENE UNKNOWN
TETRACHLOROETHYLENE (PCE) UNKNOWN
TOLUENE UNKNOWN
XYLENE (MIXED) UNKNOWN

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