Weekly Update February 2014
Williamsburg Works Interim Remedial Measure
National Grid will begin an Interim Remedial Measure (IRM) for a portion of the former Williamsburg Works Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) Site, located at 50 Kent Avenue, in Winter 2014. The property is owned by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Predecessor companies to National Grid operated the MGP, making National Grid responsible for remediating the property to a level protective of public health and the environment.
The IRM includes the installation of recovery wells around the perimeter of 50 Kent Avenue and a large scale excavation of MGP contaminated soil on the parcel, so that the property can be redeveloped by NYC Parks. Recovery well installation will begin during the winter months of 2014, and the excavation component will begin in the winter of 2015.
The IRM is being completed under an Order-on-Consent between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and National Grid dated February 2007. The Order requires National Grid to investigate, and where necessary, remediate former MGP sites, including the former Williamsburg Works MGP. The IRM is being performed under the oversight of the NYSDEC and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). IRMs are approved when a portion of a site can be remediated, removing an easily accessible hazard or, as in this case, facilitating redevelopment, without affecting an eventual Remedial Action Plan for other portions of the former Williamsburg Works MGP site.
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