Nov. 01–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 early 2020, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
The 11.2-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 after nearly a century of use as an oil terminal.
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.
So far, the developer has pumped out underground oil from the site and removed some tainted soils, said Sean Ward, executive assistant to Green Island Mayor Ellen M. McNulty-Ryan. “The hole dug there must be about 30 feet deep,” he said.
Now, the site must be refilled and covered over with about two feet of clean soil to meet state pollution standards for “restricted residential use,” according to a notice issued Wednesday by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
The DEC notice said this work will begin this month and continue for about 15 months.
Luizzi wants to construct 250 housing units, along with a marina, offices, restaurants and shops. The 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.
Pollution 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.
This year, DEC has overseen the removal of tons of tainted soil contaminated by fuel oil and other chemicals. Investigations in 2017 found a 3-foot-thick layer of liquid petroleum about 25 feet underground.
State-ordered tests 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.”
Cleanup plans included:
— 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 2 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.
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