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Investigations ensue at toxic wastelands

Cleanup study to begin process

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Posted: Thursday, April 3, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 1:00 pm, Thu Apr 10, 2014.

Two contaminated sites are the subject of an environmental cleanup study, which have been proposed and may be sanctioned pending an evaluation and eligibility determination by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

The environmental investigation hopes to initially determine the extent of toxicity in the soil and groundwater at the two locations, and then assess whether a remedy is feasible.

“The goal of the cleanup plan is to ensure the protection of public health and the environment,” according to the department’s press release.

The New York Power Authority owns a parcel of land, located at 42-22 to 42-48 Vernon Blvd. that is referred to as the Silvercup West NYPA site. This 3.4-acre area, south of the Queensboro Bridge, is being used as a “temporary power generation facility.”

The Silvercup property would be decontaminated by the Brownfield Cleanup Program, so that the land could be reused and redeveloped.

While the project is in the draft investigation phase, the project manager of the NYSDEC, Shaun Bollers, will accept written comments regarding the proposed project until April 26.

The second proposed cleanup property is located at 89-01 Astoria Blvd. in East Elmhurst. A two-story brick building is situated on the parcel. The defunct building was formerly used as a dry-cleaning facility. Over some 20 years of operation, leaks and spills resulted in the land becoming deemed an inactive hazardous waste site.

Following the initial investigation of the property, known as the Former Drape Master, by the NYSDEC, the State Superfund Program will spearhead the remainder of the investigation, evaluation and cleanup.

A 30-day comment period is allotted for the public to give feedback regarding the project proposal, followed by a public meeting yet to be determined.

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