2003-08-01 / Community

KeySpan MGP Plant Decision Set For August

By Tommy Hallissey
KeySpan MGP Plant Decision Set For August By Tommy Hallissey

Keyspan, the current owner of the long defunct LILCO Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) on Beach Channel Drive between Beach 108 Street and Beach 110 Street, is slowly taking steps toward cleaning up the toxic waste located on its premises, according to officials of the company.

The site was home to a manufactured gas plant operated by LILCO that produced gas out of coal from the 1880 up to the mid 1950’s. Currently, the property is considered a Superfund site, which places it in a class of sites "that pose a significant threat to the public health or environment and requires remedial action," according to New York State’s Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites.

"As of now the Department of Environmental Conservation is reviewing the Remedial Investigation Report," said Diana Parisi, a spokesperson for Keyspan. Then the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will provide comments on the report, according to Parisi. After which, Keyspan will produce a feasibility study that will detail, "What remedial actions we propose," said Parisi.

The DEC is working with Keyspan to insure that the report is "thorough and complete," said Matt Burns, spokesman for the Department of Environmental Conservation. "Keyspan and their engineers will be concluding the feasibility study sometime in August," said Burns. The DEC will review the feasibility study and then make a Proposed Remedial Action Plan. "We hope to have the Proposed Remedial Action Plan ready for public comment this fall." Finally, a Record of Decision will be made.

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