Completed Applications
Consolidated SPDES Renewals

Voluntary Cleanup Program

County: Queens

Lead Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Project Title: C.E. Flushing Industrial Park /Muss Development, Site No. V00374-2;
Operable Unit - 1

Project Location: C.E. Flushing Industrial Park /Muss Development (C.E. Flushing Site or Site) is located at 40-22 College Point Boulevard on the northwest corner of 40th Road and College Point Boulevard in Flushing, Queens County, NY, 11356. The C.E. Flushing Site is bordered by Roosevelt Avenue to the north, by 40th Road to the south, by College Point Boulevard to the east and by the Van Wyck Expressway and Flushing River to the west. The C.E. Flushing Site is comprised of Tax Block 5066, Lots 1, 79, and 91. Operable Unit - 1 (OU-1) consists of Lot 91 and part of Lot 1.

Brief Project Description: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (the Department) entered into a Voluntary Cleanup Agreement with C. E. Flushing, LLP to provide a remedial program for the C.E. Flushing Site. The Site covers 13.5 acres of which 5.34 acres represent OU-1. The remedial program for the entire 13.5 acre site will be addressed in three (3) operable units; OU - 1 addresses 5.34 acres of the site which is zoned commercial and allows both residential and commercial redevelopment. Consolidated Edison (Con Ed) purchased the majority of the C.E. Flushing Site property in 1923 from Atlas Cereal Company, Inc. (acting for Remington Typewriter) and built the College Point Service Station on the Site in 1932. In 1950, Con Ed acquired additional property comprising a portion of OU-1 for the operation of its facility. Records show that Con Edison and other manufacturing companies used the Site as a transformer and truck repair station, a foundry, a paint house, a garage, a gasoline service station, an incinerator, a blacksmith, a cloth manufacturing, storage for construction materials, a warehouse, parking lots and office space. Currently there are many small cloth manufacturers, and commercial businesses on the property.

Investigations of OU-1 revealed soil and groundwater contamination including elevated concentrations of metals (arsenic, chromium, lead, mercury, nickel), volatile organic compounds, including chlorinated hydrocarbons, petroleum hydrocarbons (including benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, chlorobenzene, acetone, 1,1,2,2-Tetrachloroethane, xylenes), semi volatile organic compounds (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, including benzo(a)pyrene, benzo(b)fluoranthene, benzo(k)fluoranthene, fluorene, fluoranthene, naphthalene, phenanthrene, anthracene), pesticides (aldrin, endrin, endosulfan, toxaphene), and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), including Aroclor 1260. Concentrations of these metals and compounds in soil and groundwater exceed DEC-recommended soil cleanup objectives and Class GA drinking groundwater standards, respectively. An additional site investigation of limited scope is required to complete site characterization. Remediation of OU-1 is required prior to development and re-use of the Site as a commercial/ residential building.

Operable Unit - 1 area will be completely covered by a high rise building with a garage/parking area on the first and second floors, commercial/retail space on the third and fourth floors, and residential apartments on the upper floors. The proposed remedial action for OU-1 of the C.E. Flushing Site, as described in the Remedial Action and Supplemental Investigation Work Plan, is protective of human health and the environment.

Written and oral comments on the Remedial Action and Supplemental Investigation Work Plan (Work Plan) for OU-1 of the C.E. Flushing Site will be accepted until November 28, 2003. The Work Plan can be viewed at the Region 2 office at the address below. Written and oral comments expressing objection or opposition to the project must explain the basis of that opposition and identify the specific grounds which could lead the department to impose significant changes to the Work Plan. Based on these comments, the NYSDEC may require the Volunteer to make revisions to the Work Plan. No formal response will be made to comments received by NYSDEC.

Contact persons:

Ioana Munteanu-Ramnic, Project Manager
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Environmental Remediation
Region 2 Office / Hunters Point Plaza
47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, N.Y. 11101
Phone: (718) 482-4065, Fax: (718) 482-6358
E-mail: ixmuntea@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Stephanie Selmer, Research Scientist
New York State Department of Health
Bureau of Environmental Exposure Investigation
Flanigan Square, 547 River Street, Room 300
Troy, NY 12180
Phone:(800) 458-1158 (Ext. 2-7880) or (518) 402-7880
E-mail: slh09@health.state.ny.us