EPA adds Greenpoint’s Meeker Ave. plume to Superfund list
Toxic vapors seep into basements, indoor air
On Saturday, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Assemblymember Emily Gallagher, Councilmember Lincoln Restler and community leaders were slated to meet at Cooper Park Houses, 275 Jackson Ave., to celebrate the inclusion of the Meeker Avenue Plume under Greenpoint to the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Priorities List.
The underground plume now joins Newtown Creek, the Gowanus Canal and the Wolff-Alport Chemical Company site on the list.
According to the EPA itself, the plume consists of contaminated soil and groundwater containing chlorinated organic compounds that migrated from the soil into groundwater.
The Plume, which spans several city blocks and is bounded on one side by Newtown Creek, is a result of the area’s industrial past, when industrial plants, such as dry-cleaning and metalworking businesses, dumped dangerous chemicals into the ground.