Latest on cleanup of Greenpoint area near NuHart Superfund site
Residents in Greenpoint have taken matters into their own hands in recent years regarding the cleanup of a nearby Superfund site that previously was deemed a place with possible toxic chemicals.
North Brooklyn Neighbors held a community meeting at the end of last month, where residents wanted to know about mud and water that was seeping out of the fenced Superfund site. The group says they have to serve as watchdogs in this cleanup and development process.
The Department of Environmental Conservation tested the mud and water and told News 12 that it was not toxic.
"The toxic chemicals are very scary and so it would be nice to sit back and not worry about it but when it comes to your health and your children's health you have to stay actively involved,” said Lael Goodman, the Environmental Justice Program Manager at North Brooklyn Neighbors.
The site, an old plastics factory, was declared a Superfund site in 2010, meaning it was contaminated with potentially harmful chemicals. The North Brooklyn site is now being excavated and groundwater pumped as developer Madison Realty Capital is preparing to build two residential buildings at the site.
The community group says they plan to continue to be involved for the safety of present and future residents.