41-98, 42-02, 42-16 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, Queens, NY 11101

Long Island City

brownfield VOCs VCP "vapor intrusion"

Nameplate Capacity: 94 MW
Primary Fuel Type: Natural Gas
In Operation Since: 2001

Site Description
The proposed Silvercup West development is a 2.3 million square feet project that will include approximately 1,000 units of housing, 655,000 square feet of office space, 350,000 square feet of film and television studio and studio support space, 75,000 square feet of retail, a 40,000 square foot health club, as well as a 125,000 square foot museum/cultural facility, a 1,000 seat catering facility and a 1,000 car garage. The applicant intends to redevelop a property along the East River waterfront, adjacent to and south of the Queensboro (59th Street) Bridge in Long Island City. The parcels that comprise the development are the former New York Architectural Terra Cotta Co., The former Royal Petroleum Terminal, and the current NYPA Vernon Blvd Power Plant located at 41-98, 42-02 and 42-16 Vernon Boulevard. The Terra-Cotta site is located between the East River and Vernon Boulevard, south of the Queensboro Bridge and has been vacant for almost fifteen years. The Former Royal Petroleum Terminal served primarily as a distribution center for home heating oil. Commencing in the early 1940's, the Site was used by the former Royal Petroleum Company for the transfer and storage of petroleum and related chemicals. That company had constructed an 80,000 barrel compartmentalized tank, 26 bullet tanks (27,500 gallons each) and nine smaller underground storage tanks ("UST"). These tanks were placed partially below grade and set in a concrete foundation surrounded by a concrete retaining wall. A large part of the Site consists of fill material placed in the river prior to Royal's use of the Site. A bulkhead lines the shore of the East River. In 1980, oil slicks were discovered in the East River emanating from the Site. In 1987, Royal ceased operations and the tanks were removed. Ownership of the site passed to Royal's parent company, the Kerr-McGee Corporation. In 2001, title to the Site passed to the Volunteer (NYPA). A Remedial Investigation has been conducted and was approved by NYSDEC on January 24th, 2008. A draft RAWP was submitted in November 2007 and reviewed by regional staff. A revised version has not been submitted.

Site Environmental Assessment
An Environmental Liabilities Assessment was performed in 1994. This assessment identified the presence of underground storage tanks at the site. Ultimately, one 15,000-gallon, one 30,000-gallon, three 10,000-gallon fuel oil and two 550-gallon gasoline USTs were located and removed from the site. Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments were performed in 1999. A review of historic information and the results of a subsurface investigation conducted in late 2000 identified the presence of petroleum contamination. Subsurface soil impacted by semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) and metals, including lead. Groundwater impacted by metals and SVOCs. This site was determined to be eligible for participation in the BCP and the BCA was signed by the DER director on November 16, 2006. The RIWP was approved on March 5. An addendum to the RIWP which satisfactorily addressed those comments was approved April 27, 2007. RI activities started at the site on June 25, 2007. The RIR was submitted in September 2007 and approved in January 2008 with two addenda. A Draft RAWP was submitted in November 2007. A meeting was held on February 13, 2008 to discuss the review of this document. The scope of the remediation has to be modified substantially to meet the requirements of the proposed Track 1 Cleanup. A revised RAWP has not yet been submitted.

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

Contaminants of Concern
Type of Waste Quantity
Chrysene UNKNOWN
indeno(1,2,3-cd)pyrene UNKNOWN

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