Mar 08, 2012

Contaminated Staten Island Site to be Cleaned Up

The EPA soon will begin work to clean up the site of a former New York City-area lead factory that was found to have toxic soil

The soil at the site of a former lead factory in Staten Island, N.Y., was found to contain lead concentrations as high as 240,000 ppm, or 24% lead, according to Now the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a plan to excavate the contaminated soil and haul it away from Staten Island to a designated landfill.

Work on the $1 million project is set to begin in upcoming weeks.

"...lead at the Jewett White Lead site should be considered a principal threat waste," the EPA concluded in a 22-page document. "Principal threat wastes are those source materials that generally cannot be reliably contained or would present a significant risk to human health or the environment."

The EPA, along with the state Department of Health, conducted a series of soil samplings on the property, as well as around its perimeter, where there are two bus stops, and into the nearby residential neighborhood.

More than 250 soil samples from 13 residential properties showed high levels of lead, but after extensive reconnaissance, the EPA determined the source of the lead was typical of similar urban industrial areas, and came from chipped paint, nearby car mechanics and other sources, not the residue left by the decommissioned factory.