About the Rockaway Park former Manufactured Gas Plant Site

Gas used for cooking, lighting, heating and commercial purposes was manufactured at the Rockaway Park Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) at Beach Channel Drive and 108th Street between the late 1870's and 1958.  During that period, the plant expanded several times as land was reclaimed from Jamaica Bay.  The by-products of gas production that were released on the site are responsible for contamination which is now being addressed through a Remedial Action Plan and Remedial Design approved and being conducted under the oversight of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation by National Grid.    The site is owned by National Grid, which is responsible for the investigation and remediation of the site because it was operated by a predecessor company at the time the contamination occurred.

This website provides information on the Rockaway Park former MGP Site, the remediation projects and opportunities for public participation. National Grid is committed to the protection and enhancement of the environment, always seeking ways to minimize the environmental impacts of our past, present and future activities. We hope this website, a part of our public participation and outreach efforts, is helpful and informative. If you need additional information or have suggestions to make our website better, please contact the individuals listed under Contacts.

Site Activities Update - January 2016

Remedial Construction for the Bulkhead Area phase of work began in October 2015. The Bulkhead Area is located immediately north of Beach Channel Drive between Beach 108th Street and the end of the Rockaway Freeway, north of the main site parcel. The remediation is being performed by National Grid, under the oversight of the NYSDEC and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH).

National Grid is aware of the road closure and is coordinating closely with NYC DOT as they evaluate the condition of the roadway. National Grid has stopped all drilling/vibratory activities in the bulkhead area until NYC DOT has completed their evaluation and has determined that it is safe to continue.

A New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Factsheet was mailed out in October 2015. The factsheet summarizes the construction in the bulkhead area that is a part of the Rockaway Park Former Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) Site remediation. A copy of this factsheet can be found on this website under the Key Documents/Factsheets and Newsletters.

National Grid maintains a telephone hotline for the site, 718-403-3400, for any questions or comments from the community.

Weekly Activities

January 11, 2016: The flushing of the sheet pile joints has been completed. The area around the barrier wall alignment has been backfilled and stabilized. Soil borings to find the optimal locations for the recovery wells that will be installed at a later date were advanced.

CAMP data is reviewed and compared to specific NYSDEC/NYSDOH approved criteria, known as “Action Limits.” As a result of this evaluation process, site conditions are categorized into two categories, “Operational Condition” and “Action Condition.” The “Operational Condition” is applicable when the data is below the “Alert, Response and Action Limits”, and means that normal operations can continue. The “Action Condition” occurs when one or more of the fifteen minute average measurements for Dust (PM10), Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC) or Odor Intensity are greater than the background or upwind measurement by the specified “Action Limits.” Reaching an Action Level requires corrective action or stopping work until the condition is addressed or abates. During the period from Monday, January 11, 2016 through Friday, January 15, 2016, four portable CAMP stations were in-use and measured TVOC and PM10. Fifteen-minute averages for TVOC data remained below the Action Limit. However, there were 15-minute average PM10 concentrations greater than the Action Limit on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at two of the four portable stations. The elevated PM10 concentrations were caused by gusty winds blowing dust across the site.

For the week of January 18, 2016, the soil borings associated with the recovery wells will be completed and remaining equipment will be demobilized from the bulkhead area. Work in the bulkhead area will be shut down while the soil boring observations are reviewed and the recovery well locations are determined. Continuation of work will also be based on when DOT completes its evaluation of Beach Channel Drive and deems that it is safe to continue.

Website Updates

Weekly, National Grid will provide activity updates for the neighbors of the Rockaway Park Former MGP Site. These updates will primarily consist of updates on the progress of construction activities in the bulkhead area. The Key Documents section of this website will include the past website Weekly Updates and the CAMP Reports related to the remediation work.