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Bush Terminal Landfill Piers 1-4

View of Landfill from Pier 3
View of Landfill from Pier 3

A Record of Decision (ROD) has been signed for the Bush Terminal Landfill Piers 1-4 site, located along the Upper New York Bay in Brooklyn, New York. Historic landfilling operations at the site resulted in the presence of hazardous substances in the soil, groundwater and sediments and in the presence of landfill-related gasses beneath the landfill's surface. To eliminate potential threats to human health and the environment posed by these contaminants and support the site's redevelopment as a public park, NYSDEC, in consultation with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), has selected a remedy for the site that consists of the following components:

  • Placement of a two-foot soil cover over the landfill, except in an existing wooded area, where a six-inch soil cover will be provided to minimize exposures while retaining the existing vegetation;
  • Combined passive and active landfill gas management to control landfill gas migration, and landfill gas monitoring to ensure that unsafe conditions do not develop in the future;
  • Groundwater monitoring; Excavation and covering of shallow pond area sediments, filling and covering of deeper pond area sediments, and shoreline stabilization to minimize potential ecological exposures to contaminated sediments; and
  • Institutional and site use controls (environmental easements, site inspections/certifications, access controls, engineered pathways and signage) to ensure the future integrity of the remedial measures, to control public access in the existing wooded area with the six-inch soil cover, and to prevent future exposures to site-related contamination.
View of ponded areas between Piers 3 and 4
View of ponded area between Piers 3 and 4

The Record of Decision (ROD) describes the selected remedy, summarizes the other alternatives considered, and discusses the rationale for remedy selection. The selected remedy reflects NYSDEC's careful consideration of comments received during the public comment period.

For more information on the site and the selected remedy, the public is encouraged to review the ROD and other site-related public documents, which are available at the following repositories:

New York City Office of Environmental Coordination
100 Gold Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10038
Hours: Mon - Fri, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, by appointment

New York City Economic Development Corporation
110 William Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10038
Hours: Mon - Fri, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, by appointment

Brooklyn Public Library
Sunset Park Branch
5108 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11220
Hours: Mon: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm,
Tues through Fri: noon - 6:00 pm, Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Community Board 7
4201 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11232
Hours: Mon - Fri, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

NYSDEC Region 2
Division of Environmental Remediation
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
Hours: Mon - Fri, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

NYSDEC Central Office
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-7015
Hours: Mon - Fri, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Plan of Proposed End Use
Plan of Proposed End Use
Bush Terminal Landfill Piers 1-4 ROD: