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 - October 2015

A New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Factsheet has been mailed out. 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.

Construction is set to begin in October 2015 at the Rockaway Park Former MGP Site (the “Site”) for the Bulkhead Area phase of work. 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 bulkhead area is approximately 0.6 acres, and is currently owned by the City of New York. 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 maintains a telephone hotline for the site, 718-403-3400, for any questions or comments from the community.

Weekly Activities

November 16, 1015: Grading and placement of the demarcation barrier has continued along the western and eastern edge of the property as well as the area along the bulkhead where the esplanade walkway will be installed. Compaction testing on compacted subgrade for the walkways has been performed and construction debris has been transported to an off-site disposal facility.

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, November 16, 2015 through Friday, November 20, 2015, four portable CAMP stations were in-use and measured TVOC and PM10. Fifteen-minute averages for TVOC and PM10 data remained below the Action Limit.

For the week of November 23, 2015, the Project will be shut down for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

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.