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For Release: Friday, May 1, 2015

NYS DEC Extends Public Comment Period on Proposed Remediation Action Plan for Site Adjacent to Gowanus Canal

Public Comment Period for the Fulton Municipal Works Site Extended 30 Days

Comments Will Be Accepted through June 2

The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today extended the public comment period on a Proposed Remedial Action Plan (PRAP) to clean up contamination at the former Fulton Municipal Works site (DEC Site # 224051), adjacent to the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, by 30 days. Comments will be accepted through June 2.

The PRAP applies to Operable Unit 1 (OU1) at the site, which includes the property on which the former MGP was located and neighboring properties where contamination is present east of the Gowanus Canal. The site is a principal source of contaminants to sediments in the upper Gowanus Canal. In addition, remedial investigations determined that coal tar from MGP operations at the site has spread in soils below the surface, including under a portion of Thomas Greene Park.

Comments may be submitted to:

Henry Willems
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Environmental Remediation
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233
henry.willems@dec.ny.gov

The proposed cleanup plan would accommodate current site uses and future redevelopment, and also aligns with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) remediation efforts to prevent recontamination of Gowanus Canal. National Grid, which formerly owned the site, will implement and pay for the cleanup. The primary components of the remedy are the construction of a sealed wall along the eastern shoreline of the Gowanus Canal and the removal of any coal tar that accumulates behind it. Excavation activities would occur in phases as properties are redeveloped and will not require closures or relocation of occupants or current site uses. Contamination at Thomas Greene Park is well below ground and site structures at the park, which prevents public exposure.

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