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Comment Period Ends Today for Nuhart Plastics Superfund Proposed Cleanup

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The deadline is today (11/19) to submit feedback to the Dept. of Environmental Conservation on the proposed cleanup plan (PDF) of the Nuhart Plastics Superfund site.

Demolition is scheduled to start next year on the building which sits on highly toxic land at the corner of Franklin and Dupont Streets, where the groundwater and soil are contaminated with a host of human carcinogens, such as phthalates and TCE.

Comments can be sent to:

Bryan Wong

NYSDEC, Region 2 Office

47-40 21st Street

Long Island City, NY 11101

(718) 482-4905; [email protected]

 

A letter with recommendations on the proposed cleanup plan addressed to the DEC from Environmental Stewardship Concepts, the technical advisor hired by the North Brooklyn Neighbors, addresses many issues including the need for pressurized tents during excavation to minimize the spread of harmful airborne volatile organic compounds.

 

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

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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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How to Submit Your Comments on Toxic Cleanup of NuHart Plastics

A two-month public comment period is now open for you to submit feedback on the proposed cleanup of the NuHart Plastics Superfund site, where two large plumes of phthalates and trichloroethylene (amongst a cauldron of other toxins) remain in the soil and groundwater at 280 Franklin Street from vinyl plastics manufatcuring dating back to the mid-20th century.

You can access and download the full report (PDF) from the Dept. of Environmental Conservation remediation database.

The lots that compose the NuHart Plastics building at Dupont, Franklin and Clay Streets.

The operators of NuHart Plastics vacated the site in 2004 leaving behind toxins in 12 leaky underground storage tanks and two aboveground silos. Over the years the gooey liquid phthalates mixed with groundwater and migrated toward the Greenpoint Playground and the adjacent lot where a potential school is planned, conveniently stopping at the playground’s edge on Franklin St.

The phthalates plume located at the NuHart Plastics site.

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Heads Up: Important Community Meeting on 10/4

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FYI: Fellow residents and neighbors, there’s a majorly important community meeting happening this Thursday, October 4th. And, we think you need to know about it. You might even want to attend and take action.

The NYS DEC has finally released its proposed plan to clean up the NuHart toxic waste site in Greenpoint and they’re holding a meeting about said cleanup plan this Thursday. This is mega news. So, what’s the deal?Download the proposed plans here and scroll down to Former NuHart Plastic Manufacturing – 224136 for more info.

The cleanup plan for the Superfund site is  out for a 60-day public comment period. At this meeting, they’ll share the plan and your part is to give some sorely needed community input. Note: This is the only public meeting the DEC is holding for public input.

We’ll see you at the meeting, here are the need-to-know details:

WHEN: Thursday, October 4th, 7:00 PM
WHERE: Polish & Slavic Center, 176 Java Street, Brooklyn, NY

Also, if you’d like to review the proposed cleanup plan in person, you can access the hard copy at these locations:

Brooklyn Community Board #1
435 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Phone: 718-389-0009

–and–

North Brooklyn Development Corporation
148-150 Huron St.
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Phone: 718-389-9044

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325 Apartments to be Built on Nuhart Site

Rendering of 22 Clay St. Via the Real Deal

Nothing says toxic development quite like a state-level superfund site. But, Yoel Goldman, of All Year Management, a firm that toped Stabilizing NYC’s list of the city’s worst landlords, is moving forward with a plan to demolish the former Nuhart Plastics factory and build two new six-story apartment buildings at 22 and 26 Clay Street.

Together, the two buildings will bring 325 new apartments to Greenpoint. Additionally, 6,000 square feet at 22 Clay Street will be set aside for commercial space.

This is not the first time that major developers have tried to build on land near the Nuhart site that is considered highly-contaminated. In June, the neighborhood organization Neighbors Allied for Good Growth lodged a petition against Greenpoint Landing’s proposed K-8 school, which is slated to be built across from the factory space.

 

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Open Space Alliance Sweeps Up Around McGolrick Park

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Located in the heart of Greenpoint is a park named for longtime neighborhood advocate Monsignor McGolrick, an Irish pastor who became a major community figure in the late 1800s. These days, the Greenpoint area has a new community leader. Her name is Konstancja Maleszyńska.

She works for the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, a non-profit that partners with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to help “fill the gaps” that result from underfunding and understaffing within the city department. One of her current projects is organizing monthly “Saturday Sweeps” of McGolrick Park, where neighbors can come meet one another and work together to pick up litter. Continue reading

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It’s No Fun Living Next to a Superfund Site as Dubious Plans Move Forward at Former NuHart Plastics Building

Since scaffolding was erected last week on Dupont Street, complaints to 311 and NYC Council Member Stephen Levin’s Office have been rolling in.

Greenpoint’s former NuHart Plastics manufacturing facility is partially a state-managed Superfund Site and is divided into 10 parcels spanning an entire acre on Clay, Dupont and Franklin Streets. Two of the “uncontaminated” lots are scheduled to undergo demolition in the coming weeks.

Scaffolding on Dupont Street in Greenpoint lacks visible permiting and stretches far beyond Lot 57; A. Simon
Scaffolding on Dupont Street in Greenpoint lacks visible permiting and stretches far beyond Lot 57. Photo by A. Simon

At press time, the scaffolding lacked visible street-level permits and extends far beyond Lot 57 to include adjacent Lot 17. This is the latest in a series of well-documented missteps by the Dupont Street Developers and their rotating cast of contractors. Continue reading

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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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