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Availability of Remediation Work Plan for Comment

Name of Volunteers: TRC Companies, Inc. and FSM East River Associates LLC

Site Name and Number: TRC East Side Properties, New York, N.Y. (V-00430-2)

Project Location: This property consists of a 1.6-acre parcel located at 616 First Avenue, New York County, NY, NYSDEC Region 2.

Project Description: This property (commonly known as the Kips Bay Fuel Terminal) is currently owned by Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (Con Edison). Con Edison has contracted with TRC Companies, Inc., to assume the liability and responsibility for remediation of the site. The site was initially operated as a lumber and coal/wood yard until 1899. The site was reportedly mostly used as a lumber yard until approximately 1926 when the New York Steam Corporation built a coal-fired steam plant on the eastern side of the site. Con Edison Company, Incorporated became the owner of the steam plant and in 1970 Con Edison added a Fuel Oil Pump House, 255,000-gallon underground fuel oil storage tank (UST), Switch Gear Room/Guard Station Building, three transformers, Foam Tank Building used for fire protection, three underground fuel oil pipelines and a fueling island and associated canopy. Con Edison initiated demolition of the steam plant in1987 and completed the demolition in 1994. Since then, the site has been used to supply fuel oil, as necessary, to Con Edison's Waterside Generating Station located at 700 First Avenue and as a parking facility for Con Edison vehicles. TRC has investigated environmental conditions at the site pursuant to a DEC-approved Supplemental Soil Investigation Work Plan, dated March 2001. The investigation found elevated levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and metals in soils. In groundwater, certain metals were detected at concentrations exceeding NYSDEC Class GA water quality standards. These results are reflected in a Supplemental Soil Investigation Final Report, which is being made available for review (see document repositories listed below) along with the Remediation Work Plan for the Site dated June 2003.

The preferred final remedy for this site calls for: 1) removing the UST and other subsurface fuel pipelines and structures; 2) excavation and offsite disposal of soil containing elevated levels of PAHs, PCBs, VOCs and metals to the satisfaction of NYSDEC; and 3) groundwater monitoring in accordance with NYSDEC requirements. Based on sampling results in the Supplemental Soil Investigation Final Report, dated June 2003, institutional controls, such as a deed restrictions, will be required.

Contemplated Use: Unrestricted Commercial/Residential

Comment Period: The Remediation Work Plan for the property described above is available for review at the locations set forth below. Written comments on this action must be received within 30 days of this Notice. Written comments expressing objections or opposition to the Remediation Work Plan must explain the basis of the opposition and identify the specific grounds that could justify the Department's imposing significant changes to the work plan. No formal response is made to comments, but as a result of comments, the Department may reevaluate and revise the Remediation Work Plan. The Supplemental Soil Investigation Final Report and Remediation Work Plan, dated June 2003, can be found at the following document repositories:

Manhattan Library, Kips Bay Branch
446 Third Avenue (at E. 31st Street)
New York, NY 10016
Phone: (212) 683-2520
Hours: Mon. 10:00-6:00,
Tue. 12:00-8:00,
Wed. Closed
Thu. and Fri. 12:00-6:00,
Sat. 1:00-5:00

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Environmental Remediation, Reg.2
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, NY 11101-5407
Attn: Jane O'Connell
Phone: (718) 482-4973
Hours: Mon. thru Fri. 8:00-4:00

Contact Person: Thomas Gibbons, Project Manager, NYSDEC, Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-7016. Phone (518) 402-9767.

Notice Of Acceptance Of Draft EIS

New York City County - The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, as lead agency, has accepted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Arverne Mixed-Use Project (Arverne Urban Renewal Area). The Arverne URA is a 308 acre beachfront parcel located on the eastern section of the Rockaway Peninsula, Queens, New York. The project area has generally been subdivided into three sub-areas for the purposes of this project description.

The Western Portion of the Arverne Mixed-Use Project site is expected to include approximately 2,500 residential units in a predominately low-rise neighborhood of one-and two-family homes with mid-rise apartment buildings along major streets. Up to 250,000 square feet of commercial/retail is expected to be located on the ground floors of the apartment buildings and along the east-west boulevard immediately south of the elevated subway. An approximately 800-seat K-8 school and a community recreation center are also planned.

The Central Portion is to be developed as a park and natural preserve area.

The Eastern Portion of the Arverne Mixed-Use Project will include up to 500,000 square feet of commercial/retail development, up to 1,500 residential units and approximately 45 acres of mapped parkland. In both the West and East Portions of the Arverne Mixed-Use Project, significant infrastructure improvements will be necessary, including new streets, sewers, water mains, sidewalks and streetscape. Dune restoration, parkland development, subway station improvements and community facilities construction are also contemplated.

Contact: Beverly Reith, Department of Housing Preservation and Development, 100 Gold Street, Room 5-E1, New York, New York 10038, phone: (212) 863-7941.