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Proposed School On Superfund Site — Community Meeting Tonight in Greenpoint! (6/28)

Nuhart Plastics site
NuHart Plastics site

Once the site of a Halloween rave that never happened, and the superfund site of a former plastic manufacturer, NuHart Plastics is the location proposed for a new Greenpoint school as part of a deal with new development Greenpoint Landing. But community members are up in arms—because superfund does not equal superfun—and hundreds of locals have signed a petition to protest the school being plopped down on the site. Tonight, there’s a meeting you can attend to discuss the matter. Councilman Levin’s office is hosting the meeting along with Neighbors Allied for Good Growth.

WHAT: Community meeting on NuHart Superfund site and proposed school
WHEN: Thursday, June 28th | 7pm
WHERE: Dupont St Senior Center | 80 Dupont Street

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Help Stop New Greenpoint Elementary School from Being Built Next To Toxic Site

NuHart Plastics

A new petition on Change.org, led by the Greenpoint Environmental activist organization Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG), stands in opposition to the proposed location for mega-development Greenpoint Landing’s new K-8 School.

The school is slated to sit on the corner of Dupont and Franklin Streets, across the street from NuHart Plastics, which was declared a state-level super-fund site in 2010 because it is highly contaminated with thousands of gallons of hazardous chemicals, including two underground plumes of trichloroethylene (TCE), and as much as 60,000 gallons of uncontrolled phthalates, which have leeched from the site out toward surrounding streets.

According to NAG’s petition, “exposure to these chemicals have been linked to liver and kidney damage, congenital heart defects, central nervous system defects, changes in sex hormones, low sperm count, obesity, reduced female fertility, birth defects, low birth weight, and altered behavior in toddlers.”  Continue reading

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One Word: Plastics — The Hook-up (4/27)

Get Benjamin Braddock on the phone: the lead story in today’s hook-up is all about plastics.

The former NuHart Plastics site has been snapped up by a developer. In a 55 million dollar deal, All Year Management has purchased the 335,000 sqft lot that includes 22-36 Clay St., 280 Franklin St. and 49-93 Dupont St. The site, home to an ill-begotten halloween rave in 2015, is so contaminated that it’s considered a superfund site, but All Year Management still plans to build a residential complex with at least two buildings.  Continue reading

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Radio(active) City: Is the Wolff-Alport site a new priority at the EPA?

The Wolff-Alport Site. Via The New York Times
The Wolff-Alport Site. Via The New York Times

New York City is a super city. We have it all. But sometimes, having it all means warts-and-all, as is the case with the city’s three Federal Superfund sites. Superfund sites are areas designated by the federal government as hazardous toxic waste disposal sites. The Superfund program holds polluting manufactures liable for the waste their businesses leave behind, and provides compensation, cleanup and emergency response services for the environment and communities surrounding the sites. New York’s Federal Superfund sites — The Gowanus Canal, our very own Newtown Creek, and the Wolff-Alport chemical site in Ridgewood — are a potent reminder of the city’s industrial past, and, perhaps, a new cause celebre in Washington.  Continue reading

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Notes from Wednesday’s Community Development Meeting

Rendering of 21 India Street via Corcoran
Rendering of 21 India Street via Corcoran

On Wednesday, Greenpoint residents came together at the Polish and Slavic Center (176 Java Street) for a community development meeting organized by Councilman Stephen Levin. The meeting promised information about how new construction along the waterfront, will impact Greenpoint.

Representatives from Greenpoint Landing, The Greenpoint (21 India Street) and Heritage Equity Partners (25 Kent) presented the most recent developments regarding their on-gong construction projects, and took questions from community members. Then community organizations took the floor to discuss their recent work. Neighbors Allied for Good Growth, the Department of Environmental Conservation, Curb Your Litter, and Evergreen all turned out to detail their ongoing efforts on behalf of Greenpoint. Here are notes from the 2 hour meeting:

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Get it Here: Videos of Post-Halloween NuHart Superfund Meeting in Greenpoint

It’s Friday; instead of “Netflix and chill,” why not “Superfund and chill?” After all, you can’t spell “Superfund” without “super fun” — ask CityFox to explain.

In what proved to be a fateful pre-scheduled meeting, the Neighbors Allied For Good Growth (NAG) and Council Member Levin’s office hosted a post-Halloween Superfund meeting at the Polish & Slavic Center in Greenpoint.

Here’s a video playlist of the meeting.

Local residents fielded their questions to: representatives of Dupont Street Developers, Council Member Levin, the Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Health, City Office of Environmental Remediation and Assemblyman Joe Lentol’s office, in addition to NAG board members Mike Schade and Rita Pasarell.

NuHart Superfund Meeting - Greenpoint 11/02/15. Image: Mike Schade
NuHart Superfund Meeting – Greenpoint 11/02/15. Image: Mike Schade

As a result of the Halloween fiasco, CityFox and Dupont Street Developers LLC are now facing city and state investigations.

State Assemblyman Joe Lentol wrote a letter to the state’s attorney general to investigate the permit process for pop-up parties.

Other resources mentioned in the video:

NAG provided a copy of CityFox’s permit applications and approvals from the NYS Liquor Authority and the NYC Department of Buildings.

Dr. Peter deFur, the Greenpoint community technical consultant hired by NAG through a state grant, gave a presentation available here on what’s lurking beneath the surface at NuHart.

On the latter note, stay tuned for more coverage to follow.

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NuHart Plastics Dance Party Shutdown + Important Superfund Meeting Monday 11/02

20150510-IMG_9541Last night Cityfox, mega-party organizers behind Bushwick’s smash-hit Brooklyn Mirage, selected Greenpoint’s NuHart Plastics facility to host the ghouls and gals as they danced into the pale Halloween moonlight.

To the horror of the 4,500-plus ticket holders, the dancing was dead on arrival; the party organizers didn’t secure proper permits, and the Fire Department intervened, shutting the party down while people lined up to enter the Superfund Site around midnight. Continue reading

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Important Meeting on Superfund Nuhart Plastics this Monday!

 

nuhartTime to talk about our favorite superfund Nuhart Plastics again.

Recent developments are underway to turn the festering superfund site into affordable luxury apartments. Disturbed at that thought? Chew on this: Beneath Nuhart’s property there is a 40,000 to 60,000 gallon pool of thick plastic phlalates deep enough to swim in and two large plumes of TCE (a volatile organic compound) SPREADING to nearby streets. All of these chemicals are considered hazardous to human health.

In the very near future these toxins will be unearthed and removed, and yes, we neighbors need to know how we will be affected. Come meet our new community advisor, and superfund guru, Dr.Peter deFur, this Monday night and find out what Nuhart’s clean-up means for residents in the upcoming months.

SPREAD THE WORD. THIS IS SERIOUS.

Nuhart Superfund Clean-up Community Meeting

Monday, July 27th

6:30 pm

Senior Center 80 Dupont St (entrance on Eagle St)

hosted by NAG & Councilman Levin’s Office

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Important Meeting Tonight: Update on Nuhart Superfund Site! Psst, the plume is migrating.

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A few months ago, Greenpointers were alarmed to hear that Nuhart Plastics on the corner of Dupont Street had been sold to a Chinese developer who plans on turning the site into residential condos. Many of us were familiar with Nuhart’s former life as a plastics plant, but a lot of Greenpointers did not realize the site is a Class-2 Superfund site complete with a phthalate plume.

According to the 2013 NuHart Plume map–which shows liquid plasticizers 5ft deep in some areas–the plume is in fact moving. With a recent study tying prenatal phthlate exposure to lower IQ’s and a host of other health issues, we should be very concerned and vigilant about what is happening at the Nuhart site.

Tonight at 6pm at the Dupont Senior Center  the Department of Environmental Conservation (the agency who is responsible for the Superfund’s oversight) will be briefing neighbors about Nuhart and any clean-up efforts that have been conducted in recent months. Also 0n hand will be Greenpoint Landing and 77 Commercial Street representatives giving their own brief updates on their mega developments.

If you have questions, concerns, or comments about the Nuhart plant or our new neighbors Greenpoint Landing & 77 Commercial Street–I know I sure do–then you’ll make it your business to attend tonight’s meeting at the Dupont Street Senior Center (entrance on Eagle Street) between 6-8pm.

For those you can’t make it tonight, Greenpointers will be providing folks with an update. Stay tuned for more details to come.

 

 

 

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Q&A: Mike Schade talks toxins at Nuhart Plant. Everyone needs to read this!

Photo credit: Fabien Palencia

The other day I sat down with my friend, fellow Greenpointer, and hardcore environmental justice advocate, Mike Schade, to get the skinny on Nuhart Plastics–one of the most toxic sites in the hood–which recently got sold to a developer with plans to convert the festering Superfund site into fancy condos.

When it comes to converting a Superfund site into residential development, gentrification should be the least  just one of our concerns. What’s happening at Nuhart is really serious business because the potential exposure to toxic chemicals is real and something all Greenpointers need to know about.

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