In December 2020 the city responded to our FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) request for data collected from core samples taken in East River Park. There are more than 2,000 pages, and we are examining it. It’s vital to know what’s in that landfill that will be stirred up with construction, and we welcome anyone who can wade in. Here are links and rough notes.
Soil Test results:
2019 tests in East River Park called Supplemental Investigation report–this was done after project was changed and whole East River Park would be demolished–so testing was conducted on the park itself:
SANDRESM1 Reference Documents
All tests done in ESCR project area from 2015-2019 and summary report:
REMEDIAL ACTION PLAN
This is a good summary
Tells what hazardous materials were found in soil sampling, including which ones were at higher levels than NYS regs. Also remediation plans.
For East Side Coastal Resiliency, Sept. 2019
ERP bulkhead. The majority of ERP would be raised in elevation, with the import of an approximate 775,000 cubic yards of material, from the amphitheater to approximately East 13th Street, excluding the Fireboat House
775,000 cu yards in dry sand = 1,046,250 tons
= 1,255,500 of wet sand or gravel with sand
= 941,625 loose sand
= 1,517,063 concrete
Fill material: the material will be either virgin materials or DOT-specification recycled concrete aggregate (RCA) from Part 360 Registered Facilities with less than 10 percent fine material.
Cubic yards to tons calculator with different materials:
Pp 15 and 16 for odor and dust monitoring.
What’s in the soil? B-2
The above subsurface investigations included the collection of soil and groundwater samples.
Eleven volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were detected in soil samples, above their New York
Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) Part 375 Soil Cleanup Objectives (SCOs) for restricted
residential use (RRSCOs) and/or protection of groundwater (PGSCOs). Eighteen semivolatile
organic compounds (SVOCs) and ten metals exceeded their respective RRSCOs and/or PGSCOs.
Contamination related to former manufactured gas plants (MGPs) was observed in soil and
groundwater, including the presence of coal tar, benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylenes (BTEX),
and naphthalene. Some of the metals concentrations in soil, mainly lead, chromium, arsenic and/or
mercury, may result in the need to manage soil excavated from these areas as a characteristic
hazardous waste, pending waste characterization sampling.
The groundwater samples detected VOCs, SVOCs, and metals above their respective New York
State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Class GA Ambient Water Quality
Standards. Groundwater laboratory data (VOCs, SVOCs, and metals) are likely attributable to fill materials and MGP-related contamination.
Soil waste classification testing for export and disposal of the excavated material has not been conducted yet.
The potential adverse health effects from these detected contaminants are diverse. Many of these
compounds are known or suspected to result in chronic illness from long-term exposures.
Environmental Site Remediation Database Search
Environmental Site Remediation Database Search Results
Site Name: CE – E. 11th St. MGP
Site Code: V00534
Program: Voluntary Cleanup Program
EPA ID Number:
DEC Region: 2
Address: East 11th – East 13th Sts.
Index of /data/DecDocs/V00534