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Study Of LILCO Site

Soil and groundwater were tested for contamination at the old LILCO site.


Consultants to KeySpan Energy Corporation began taking samples of soil and groundwater at and around the old LILCO Rockaway Park site on Tuesday, November 30. Beginning the environmental remediation investigation phase on the site, located at Beach Channel drive from Beach 108 street to Beach 112 street, the work is done under an Order of Consent with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Samples that are collected will help determine the environmental impacts that the former Manufactured Gas Plant may have had on the site and possibly on the community. The plant, which was shut down by the Long Island Lighting Company (LILCO) in 1957, was operated for nearly 80 years.

As part of the scope of its remediation activities, KeySpan will move or relocate some operations on the site, including an electric substation within the site boundaries.

Included in the work will be sampling of wells that LILCO previously installed on the site and the installation of new groundwater wells. Test pits will also be dug on the site itself, which may result in the release of some odors, which should dissipate quickly.

Documents on the investigation will be kept at document repositories located at Community Board 14, 1931 Mott avenue (room 311); Peninsula Library, 92-65 Rockaway Beach boulevard; and at the Department of Environmental Conservation, 47-40 21 street, Long Island City. A report on the remedial investigation is expected to be completed in approximately nine to 12 months.

According to KeySpan officials, they plan to remedy the situation at the site in order to eventually "return it to valuable use in the community," but said any plans for development are "years away." KMART and other developers have contacted local elected officials about the site, but KeySpan wants to remove all potential liability before selling or making it available for other projects.

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