Completed Applications
Consolidated SPDES Renewals

Voluntary Cleanup

DEC Region: # 2
County: Queens
Lead Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Project Title: Beginning of Supplemental Remedial Investigation, Queens West Development, Parcel 9, Site No. V00194

Project Location: 5th Street and 47th Road, Long Island City, Queens, New York

Brief Project Description: A Supplemental Remedial Investigation is beginning on Parcel 9 of the Queens West Development. Parcel 9 is bounded by 5th Street on the east, 48th Avenue on the south, Center Boulevard on the west, and 47th Road on the north. In 1998, a Voluntary Cleanup Agreement was entered into between NYSDEC and the Queens West Development Corporation covering Parcel 9 and other portions of Stage I of the Queens West development. After AvalonBay Communities was selected as the developer of Parcel 9, AvalonBay executed a separate Voluntary Cleanup Agreement for Parcel 9 in September 2000.

Like the neighboring properties along the East River waterfront, the area of Parcel 9 was occupied by industrial uses from the 1890s through the 1990s. The recent finding that the Blau Gas Company of America occupied a portion of the site in 1915 required implementation of the supplemental remedial investigation on the site. The Blau Gas company, which produced a petroleum-based gaseous fuel that could be compressed into cylinders, left the site sometime prior to 1936. Previous testing programs performed in 1985, 1989, 1998, and 2000 identified elevated levels of petroleum-related volatile and semivolatile organic compounds and heavy metals (mercury and lead) in soil and/or groundwater at some locations on the site. The supplementary investigation which is now beginning is intended to further investigate and delineate petroleum contamination, particularly in the area of the former Blau Gas plant. The investigation consists of the following: collection and analysis of soil samples from 14 sampling locations; installation and sampling of 15 ground-water monitoring wells; and excavation of 7 test pits at locations of suspected subsurface structures. Following the initial testing, further soil and groundwater sampling will be performed if necessary to delineate the vertical and horizontal extent of contamination beneath the site. After the investigation is completed, the Volunteer (AvalonBay) and their consultants will propose modifications to the previously approved remedial action work plan to address contamination associated with Blau Gas manufacturing operations.

Contact person: Vadim Brevdo, Project Manager; NYSDEC, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY, 11101, phone: (718) 482-4891, fax: (718) 482-6358, E-mail: vxbrevdo@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program

Notice of Application to Participate

Applicant: New York City School Construction Authority
Site Name: Former Metro North Property (Block 2443, Lot 78)
Site Number: C203030
Site Address: 672 Concourse Village West, Bronx, NY 10451
Site County: Bronx

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (Department) administers the Brownfield Cleanup Program. The Brownfield Cleanup Program is designed to encourage the remediation of contaminated properties known as brownfields for reuse and redevelopment. The Applicant identified above has submitted an application to participate in the Brownfield Cleanup Program. The application was determined to be complete by the Department and is currently under review for eligibility. The property described in the application is identified by the Site Name and Site Number identified above and is located at the address above. The application proposes that the Applicant will conduct investigation and/or remedial activities at the site, to allow for use as a proposed school site.

The Department will accept public comments concerning the application, and the attached Remedial Investigation Work Plan dated December 15, 2004 for thirty days from February 2, 2005 through March 4, 2005. After review of the application and any public comments received, the Department will determine whether to accept the Applicantís request to participate in the Brownfield Cleanup Program. If the Department accepts the Applicantís request to participate, it will execute a Brownfield Cleanup Agreement (BCA) with the Applicant. By executing a BCA, the Applicant would commit to undertake the project under the Departmentís oversight. The Department will require the Applicant to inform and involve the public during this process. A copy of the application and other relevant documents are available in the document repository for this site located at the Mott Haven Branch, New York Public Library, 321 East 140th Street, Bronx, NY 10454.

The documents in the repository have not been reviewed by Department staff prior to their release for public comment. The Department, in conjunction with the New York State Department of Health, will review these documents during the public comment period.

The public is encouraged to offer comments in writing and refer questions to the Department representative identified below.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Region 2
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, New York 11101
ATTN: Koon Tang
Phone #: (718) 482-4928

The Departmentís web site provides additional information about the Brownfield Cleanup Program at: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/der/bcp.

Positive Declaration And Public Scoping

New York City County - The New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a/ Empire State Development Corporation, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Farley Post Office/Moynihan Station may have a significant impact on the environment and a Draft Environmental Impact Statement must be prepared. Written comments on the draft scope will be accepted until February 28, 2005. A public scoping session will be held on February 16, 2005, at 4:00 p.m. at Room 4500, Farley Building (enter at 380 W.33rd Street). A draft scope is available at Moynihan Station Development Corporation, 633 Third Avenue, 36th Floor, New York, NY 10017, (212)803-3667. The action involves the conversion of a portion of the Farley Building into a rail passenger terminal (the Moynihan Station Project); the redevelopment of approximately 1.1million square feet of the Farley Complex through a lease to a private developer; sublease to the United Sates Postal Service (USPS) for their continued operational needs; and an option to the selected developer to utilize up to approximately 1 million additional square feet of unused development rights that could be used to construct a commercial, residential, or mixed-use building over the Western Annex. The project is the entire city block bounded by 8th Avenue, West 31st Street, 9th Avenue and West 33rd Street in Manhattan.

Contact: Rachel Shatz, Empire State Development Corporation, 633 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017, phone: (212) 803-3252.