NAG was very fortunate to be awarded a Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The grant will be used to hire a Technical Advisor to foster community participation surrounding remediation of the Superfund site of the former NuHart Plastic Manufacturing factory. Currently the site is a class 2 state Superfund site (see this link to find out more about what that classification means). It is located on Dupont Street in north Greenpoint, adjacent to the Greenpoint waterfront and across the street from houses, an existing public park, playground, and a proposed public school.
According to the draft Remedial Investigation (RI) report, there’s a plume of an estimated 40,000-60,000 gallons of phthalates underneath the site, which has also migrated offsite into the community. These are chemicals that are considered to be endocrine disruptors, hazardous at low levels of exposure, and linked to reproductive and developmental problems. Additionally there are other contaminants including the carcinogen trichloroethylene (TCE) and petroleum compounds present on and off site.
The Nuhart site and many nearby sites are proposed for residential development and are planned for thousands of new residents in the next 10 years. As a result, many neighbors are concerned about the toxic plume under the site as well as vapor intrusion, and rightfully so!
The purpose of this grant is empower local stakeholders affected by the site and to educate the broader community about its potential threats and the remediation plans. The goal is to increase public awareness. The Technical Advisor will be able to effectively interpret and understand environmental and health information generated under the State Superfund Program about the nature and extent of contamination at the site. In addition, the advisor will prepare public comments regarding the remedial activities of the site, and work with NAG to share this information to the public – specifically with community members that live and work near the site. We hope that the addition of a Technical Advisor will lead to better participation in the Superfund remediation process and benefit the community as a whole.
Please share NAG’s Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Technical Advisor:
Proposals are due March 9th.