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Independent Monitor Requested for Nuhart Plastics Toxic Cleanup

NuHart Dupont Street Facade; A. Simon

The deadline is Monday, Nov. 19, for you to send feedback to the Dept. of Environmental Conservation regarding the proposed cleanup (PDF) of the former Nuhart Plastics manufacturing facility, a state Superfund site.

The soil and groundwater onsite are contaminated with the plastics softener phthalates and the cleaning solvent TCE, both human carcinogens, and a potential school is being discussed for an adjacent lot on Franklin Street.

A letter from the North Brooklyn Neighbors requests the Superfund remediation process include an independent expert to monitor the cleanup and off-site impacts:

The neighbors/residents need to be confident that site-related activities will not expose the residents and visitors to harmful conditions during any part of the work. The community has raised concerns about dust, odors, noise, and possible off-gassing of VOC’s or SVOC’s during the remediation. DEC should do all it can to ensure off site impacts are mitigated to the great extent practicable to safeguard public health and address community concerns.

The community requests a website for the DEC and developer to share the results of air and environmental monitoring in real time during the clean-up. Such websites have been used and are in use at other cleanup sites, including the Hudson River PCB removal action.

We request an independent on-site expert to monitor the clean up and ensure that there are no significant off site impacts (e.g. odors, ambient air pollution, noise, etc.) to the community during the remediation, especially when the building is being brought down and the contamination on site is being dug up.

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Meeting Tomorrow (11/8) on 600-Seat Elementary School Next To Superfund Site

Nuhart Plastics Superfund Site

New York City Council Member Stephen Levin will hold a public meeting to hear feedback from Greenpoint parents on the plans to build a 600-seat elementary school on a vacant lot across the street from the Nuhart Plastics Superfund site (280 Franklin St.), which will be remediated in the next few years after the proposed cleanup plan (PDF) is approved. The meeting will take place on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Dupont Senior Center (80 Dupont St.). The school would take around three to five years to complete following approval. Continue reading

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Levin Will Host Meeting on Proposed Greenpoint Public School Next Thursday (11/8)

NuHart Plastics

Next Thursday, November 8th, NYC Council Member Stephen Levin will hold a community meeting at the Dupont Senior Center (80 Dupont St.)  for concerned parents to discuss the proposed site for Greenpoint’s newest K-8 school.

Levin stipulates that this meeting will not focus on the Superfund site so much as on the school itself. He said in a Facebook post: “We would like to meet with Greenpoint parents to discuss the school that will be getting built in the area. We have had several meetings about the Nuhart site but would like to concentrate the school and what people need to know and have questions about regarding the school itself.”

Despite opposition from community groups including North Brooklyn Neighbors (formerly NAG), the proposed location for the school, to be built by developers at Greenpoint Landing, is at the corner of Dupont and Franklin Streets, across from the Nuhart Plastics site, a designated state Superfund.

At the meeting, you can weigh in on issues surrounding the school, and voice your opinion about where it should be built.

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Comment Period On Nuhart Plastics Cleanup Ends Soon

 

Nuhart Plastics site
Nuhart Plastics Superfund site

The Nov. 19 deadline to submit your comments to the Dept. of Environmental Conservation on the proposed cleanup plan (PDF) for the Nuhart Plastics Superfund site is approaching.

If you prefer to lament, or compliment, the cleanup plan in the company of your neighbors, then you’re in luck: North Brooklyn Neighbors and NYC Council Member Stephen Levin are hosting a comment-athon this Wed. Oct. 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Threes Brewing (113 Franklin St.). Continue reading

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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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