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Bethpage Community Park - Ice Rink Area - Brownfield Cleanup Program Site

Remedial Investigation Work Plan Available for Public Comment

November 2013
Project No. C130212


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) welcomes public comment as it reviews a Remedial Investigation (RI) Work Plan for the Bethpage Community Park Ice Rink Area in Nassau County. The RI Work Plan outlines an environmental investigation to be performed at the site. The volatile organic compound (VOC) impacts to soil and groundwater due to historical operations at the site are being investigated. An environmental investigation will help to further determine the nature and extent of contamination at the site as well as options for cleaning it up, if necessary. The investigation work will be performed by the Town of Oyster Bay under New York State's Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP).

Public Comments on the Remedial Investigation Work Plan

The RI Work Plan is also available for public viewing at the locations listed below. NYSDEC will accept written public comments on the RI Work Plan for 30 days, from Wednesday, November 6, 2013 to Thursday, December 5, 2013. Written comments should be submitted to the NYSDEC project manager listed below.

What Will the Upcoming Investigation Work Involve?

The planned remedial investigation will provide further review of existing environmental data to determine the nature and extent of contamination and assist in determining whether additional remedial measures are recommended.

The RI work will include:

  • Data compilation and review;
  • Field investigation to determine the areal and vertical extent of VOC impacts
  • Comparison to applicable standards, criteria and guidelines;
  • Qualitative exposure assessment; and
  • Recommendations and reporting.

Next Steps

NYSDEC will consider public comments before it approves the RI Work Plan. The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) must concur in the approval of the RI Work Plan. The approved plan will be available for public review at the locations listed below. After receiving approval, the Town of Oyster Bay may proceed with the environmental investigation at the site. The RI is expected to begin in January 2014. NYSDEC will keep the
public informed during the investigation and follow-up activity.

Site Background

The project site is located in a portion of the Bethpage Community Park in the Hamlet of Bethpage, Nassau County, New York (Site). The approximately 0.4-acre Site is situated within the northeast portion of the Park and encompasses the footprint of two former ice skating rinks, now demolished and replaced by the current indoor ice skating center. Numerous environmental investigations have been conducted in the Site area. VOCs, including various Freon™ compounds, have been identified in the groundwater in the vicinity of the Site and the soil vapor at the Site and surrounding areas.

Who Should I Call If I Have Questions About the Site?

Site-Related Environmental Questions
Steven Scharf
Project Manager
Division of Environmental Remediation
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233
(518) 402-9620

Site-Related Health Questions
Steven Karpinski
Bureau of Environmental Exposure
Empire State Plaza, Corning Tower, Room 1787
Albany, NY 12237
(518) 402-7880

Locations to View Project Documents

To keep you informed, NYSDEC has set up two locations at which you may view project documents. These locations include:

Bethpage Public Library
47 Powell Avenue
Bethpage, NY 11714

NYSDEC Region 1 Office
SUNY at Stony Brook
50 Circle Road
Stony Brook, NY 11790-3409
Phone: (631) 444-0200
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:45 AM - 4:45 PM

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