If the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adds the Meeker Avenue Plume to the National Priorities List, this would mark an early step toward it becoming a Superfund site. The NY State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has identified several plumes of chlorinated solvents [tetrachloroethylene (PCE), trichloroethylene (TCE), cis-1,2-dichloroethylene (DCE), and vinyl chloride] in the soils and groundwater beneath Greenpoint and East Williamsburg at concentrations exceeding risk-based criteria. These plumes are collectively referred to by DEC as the “Meeker Avenue Plume”.
EPA will consider any public comments received on the listing and determine whether to finalize the site. To read the public notice and provide comments, visit https://www.epa.gov/superfund/current-npl-updates-new-proposed-npl-sites-and-new-npl-sites Deadline to comment is November 8, 2021.
Newtown Creek Alliance (NCA) and North Brooklyn Neighbors (NBN) have put together talking points and instructions for submitting comments to the EPA. They encourage everyone who lives or works on/near the plumes to consider commenting.