2009-10-09 / Community

MGP Cleanup Rolling Along On Schedule

Four Sections Of Clean Fill Complete
By Nicholas Briano

Excavation of the MGP site at Beach Channel Drive between Beach 108 Street and Rockaway Freeway is expected to be completed by July 2010. Excavation of the MGP site at Beach Channel Drive between Beach 108 Street and Rockaway Freeway is expected to be completed by July 2010. The remediation of the former manufactured gas plant (MGP) in Rockaway Park is proceeding on schedule, removing to this date, 53,000 tons of contaminated soil from the site, according to National Grid officials.

The remediation tent under which all excavation takes place, is in the process of moving to its fifth location within the site with a target completion date for excavation still standing at July 2010. The tent, measuring 188 feet by 194 feet, and rising 45 feet high, is aluminum-framed and covered in PVC fabric. Trucks are loaded and sealed inside the tent before leaving the site.

A local task force comprised of National Grid, Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, Community Board 14 and other community leaders met last week to discuss the project's progress.

One issue of concern from community leaders was that a handful of residents are mistaking the MGP trucks that cart the soil offsite at Beach Channel Drive between Beach 108 Street and Rockaway Freeway with other trucks driving through the peninsula.

Those trucks, like the MGP trucks, carry excavation materials as well but do not cover the top of trucks as securely as the MPG trucks, which are covered and inspected before leaving the site.

The company names are typically on the doors of the trucks.

The following companies are currently contracted by National Grid to transport soil off the MGP site:
10-Wheel Dump Trucks
Robles Express Corp
Fusella
Leticia
Velarde Battal
T&S - Sea Trucking
Absolute
CV Trucking
Shamrock
Rainbow
Greenwood
JC Nichols
TEV
18-Wheel Dump Trailers
Horwith
SWF Trucking
Nacirema
T&S - Sea Trucking

It is still unknown what will become of the site upon completion, but National Grid officials reassured the task force that the community will have significant input in determining what is built on top of the site.

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