2010-01-15 / Community

National Grid Sets MGP Completion Date

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. National Grid, which is currently remediating the former Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) in Rockaway Park, updated Community Board 14 this week on the progress of the project, say ing that excavation activities should be completed by the end of July.

The $40 million remediation of the former MGP on Beach Channel Drive at Beach 108 Street is proceeding on schedule, removing to this date, 90,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil from the site, according to National Grid officials.

The remediation tent, under which all excavation takes place, is in its eighth location out of the 15 needed to complete the work. National Grid representatives also stated that a 37,000- square-foot barrier wall has been installed to prevent further migration of the contaminated soil, filled with coal tar, to leak into Jamaica Bay in the future.

Opponents of the project still claim that barrier walls are needed around the entire site, not just facing the bay. However, officials have continually refuted the argument by saying that the ground was tested on the Rockaway Freeway side of the site and no contaminants or coal tar was found. Anybody with questions about the project is urged to call the hot-line set up by National Grid at 718-403-3400.

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