If you are not aware of the NuHart site, it is at the tip of Greenpoint directly adjacent to the new Greenpoint Landing buildings.
"This site is one of the most toxic sites in New York City, not to mention the entire state,” explains Mike Schade, a NAG board member and local toxic watchdog. “Residents, workers, and business owners should use this unique opportunity to share their concerns and recommendations on how the Department of Environmental Conservation and the developers can ensure our community is no longer harmed from this toxic site."
North Brooklyn residents now have an opportunity to participate in the clean-up process by sharing their views at Thursday's public meeting and during the 60-day public comment period.
Nuhart used to make vinyl and plastic, which means that the waste that they pumped into the ground was incredibly toxic. The plume underneath the building contains phthalates, which are chemicals that make plastic soft but are also very toxic. They are endocrine disruptors and can cause cancer.
Also, because they are gooey, they can migrate through the soil, but not as much as gas would, so the plume actually extends beyond the borders of the building.
There is also a tricholorethaline (TCE) plume, which is gaseous and does move around. TCE causes cancer and autoimmune disorders in some that are exposed to the vapors.
The DEC has completed the first step of the State Superfund cleanup plan, called the Proposed Remedial Action Plan. This plan will be discussed at the October 4 meeting, and then there will be a 60-day comment period for neighbors and experts to weigh in on what they think of the plan.
If you'd like to look at the plan in advance, you review it at 435 Graham Ave at the Community Board 1 office, or you can find it online here.
If you share my perspective that NAG is doing important work to keep the neighborhood safe and informed around our toxic issues, you may be interested in attending their fundraiser, which is on October 11 at BIBA on the WIlliamsburg Waterfront at 7 p.m.