The New York Department of Environmental Conservation has notified residents of DUMBO’s Vinegar Hill that National Grid will begin testing the area for possible contamination. The area being tested was the former location of a gas storage and distribution facility from the late 19th century until the 1930s.
National Grid will test the soil and groundwater beneath the site to look for possible coal tar residue. The residue can contain polycyclic hydrocarbons, benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene.
The area being tested is at the center of a block between Bridge St and Gold St, and York St and Front St.
For more information about these types of gas storage facilities and the risks of possible pollutants, visit: www.dec.ny.gov
Department of Environmental Conservation