What’s With The LILCO Site?
Officials from Keyspan met with Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and other community leaders on Monday, August 9 to reveal the company’s plans for the "LILCO site" at Beach 108 street, a 10 acre parcel between Beach Channel drive and the subway tracks of the A line.
Used for nearly 65 years as a Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP), the site has been dormant for years with the exception of a active electric substation and an active gas regulator and storage and company vehicle parking area.
According to the Keyspan officials, the company has been eager to eager to conduct environmental studies on the site since assuming responsibility for it when it merged with LILCO last year. Preliminary studies indicate that the site contains residues common to former manufactured gas plants including volatile aromatics such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylenes, and polycylic hydrocarbons and others.
It has already been determined that residues have "moved off the site" and have interacted and contaminated groundwater. According to the studies done by LILCO some years back, there "has been no exposure sufficient to have an adverse impact on the health of the people living near the site."
Keyspan has reached an agreement with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to conduct an updated and more comprehensive environmental study and to "remedy" the situation in order to eventually "return the site to valuable use in the community."
Keyspan will open a "document repository" at Community Board 14 (1931 Motta avenue) to provide the public with access to reports, studies, and plans. The agreement with DEC also calls for public meetings at the time the Remedial Investigation Report is completed.
KMART and other developers have contacted Pheffer’s office, the community Board and the Chamber of Commerce regarding the site but KEYSPAN said development is "years away." By contracting with DEC, the company wants to remove all potential liability before selling the site or making it available for other projects.
From time to time, The Wave will update the community regarding the studies and findings and address common concerns of local residents.