Sept. 04–GREEN ISLAND — A pollution cleanup for a planned $60 million project at the site of a former oil tank farm on a Hudson River island will continue until late 2019, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
The 8.9-acre vacant property, just south of the Green Island Bridge on what is called Center Island, was once home to King Fuels, which closed in 2008. An oil terminal first started operating there in 1918. The north side of the island is occupied by the Rivers Edge Apartments.
Peter Luizzi & Bros. Contracting of Albany wants to build a marina there as part of a mixed-used residential and commercial development called Starbuck Island.
Luizzi wants to construct 250 housing units, along with a marina, offices, restaurants and shops.
Tests of the site done in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014 and 2016 found levels of barium, lead, mercury and other chemicals in the ground and water. Levels of PCBs below the safety standard for residential property were also detected.
The Luizzi plan also calls for 15,000 to 20,000 square feet of commercial and retail space, 5,000 to 10,000 square feet of office space, 8,000 to 10,000 square feet of restaurants, and other amenities.
Soils there contain excessive levels of arsenic, lead, mercury and polyaromatic hydrocarbons. Groundwater also contains excessive levels of PCBs, arsenic, and benzene, according to the DEC report.
Luizzi will “perform and pay for the cleanup, which is expected to begin this fall and should take about 14 months to complete,” according to a DEC report issued this week.
So far this year, DEC has overseen the removal of tons of tainted soil contaminated by fuel oil and other chemicals.
Investigations in 2017 found a three-foot-thick layer of liquid petroleum about 25 feet underground. It also found that the site was made up of as much as 28 feet of “historic fill materials including ash, brick, glass and other waste materials.”
Future continued cleanup plans include:
— Removal of underground storage tanks.
— Collection and testing of groundwater.
— Injection of chemical stabilizers to neutralize contaminated groundwater.
— Filling in and covering over remediated areas with clean soil.
— Installation of a “cover system” consisting of building foundations, retaining walls, rip-rap, asphalt roads and walkways.
— Areas not paved over will be covered with two feet of clean soil in order to meet state safety standards for residential areas.
— Installation of vapor intrusion mitigation systems in all on-site buildings.
— Creation of a health and safety plan, and a community air monitoring plan as the cleanup continues.
DEC is taking comments on the plant from Sept. 5 through Oct. 20. A copy of the plan can be found at the Green Island village offices, 20 Clinton St.
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