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.
Update - 2014
The remediation of the on-site portion of the Rockaway Park former MGP site was completed in 2012. A portion of the site is being used as a support area for gas operation activities and is restricted to authorized personnel. The site is located immediately south of Beach Channel Drive and north of the Rockaway Freeway, between Beach 108th Street to the east and Rockaway Freeway to the west in Rockaway, Queens. If you have any questions or comments, please call the Rockaway Park hotline at (718) 403-3400.