Community Meeting Regarding Toxic NuHart Site Redevelopment Tonight in Greenpoint

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The NuHarte Plastics building ceased operation in 2004, but a toxic plume left behind must be addressed before redevelopment can proceed (Screenshot via Google Maps)

GREENPOINT – A community meeting tonight in Greenpoint will give residents a forum to speak about the proposed remediation and development of the infamous NuHart Site, a SuperFund project known for its toxic plume of plastics-related pollution.

Plans for the area following remediation include luxury residential buildings, a new school and more of the development all-too-familiar in North Brooklyn. But residents are concerned about the pollution and how remediation efforts may affect neighbors.

Tonight, they’ll have a forum to raise their concerns. Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) has led the way in keeping attention on the toxic remnants of Greenpoint’s industrial past and highlighting the efforts to contain them as new development floods the neighborhood.

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A view of the phthalate plume under the proposed development site on NAG’s Toxicity Map (Via Neighbors Allied for Good Growth)

NAG wrote a letter to the developers earlier this summer raising community concerns about development at the site, though they characterized the response as “tepid.”

Tonight’s meeting will discuss the Proposed Remedial Action Plan put together after an assessment by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The plan outlines the steps needed in redeveloping the site safely, including excavation and backfill of contaminated soil, and physical barriers to curb the spread of pollutants.

Read the entire Proposed Remedial Action Plan here

Residents will be able to ask questions and express their concerns tonight at the meeting, and for the next two months as part of the DEC’s public comment period.

All Year Management, a major developer with projects across Brooklyn, bought the parcels for $55 million earlier this year. The same developers have rebuilt at the former Rheingold site in Bushwick, another industrial space now home to large-scale residential development.

NuHart Site Community Meeting
Thursday, October 4, 7:00 PM
Polish Slavic Community Center
176 Java Street

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  1. My Dad worked at Harte and Company for 50 years. Can you imagine what is in his system? He is carrying around that phthalate plume, every day. Yes, he is 89 years old, and still alive. Someone please bring this up in the meeting, because anyone who has survived that toxicity, needs immediate compensation for pain, suffering and medical bills, before any luxury condiminium is built. Please contact Valerie Porter, at 917-907-1122. Thank You

  2. Valerie. I too have known Harte young workers who died from cancer.
    As part of any remedial efforts there should also be investigative studies of the effects these plastic plants have had over the years on the health of both workers and people living nearby. There were two elementary schools very close to this particular Harte plant for many years.
    What also concerns me is the present day usage of several similar plastics manufacturing plants in Greenpoint.
    There were very similar plants at the corner of Box street & McGuiness Blvd, as well as Noble Street and Franklin street, and others that have ben converted to other uses.
    Were these other sites properly investigated —and remedied if necessary?
    Or did they just slip through the bureaucracy?
    And besides any concerns for present tenants and usages of these former plastic plants, there is (as you mention) the need to examination compensation for the victims of these toxic plants, both workers and people who suffered as a result of living nearby.
    Thank you for pushing the issue and being an activist in this matter.
    Companies cannot be allowed to do what they please and then walk away from the all-too-often negative consequences. Witness the huge underground Greenpoint oil spill of decades past which is still being remedied and compensated. This, especially in the present day climate of throwing business regulations out the window by short-sighted Republicans who care more for the rich making big bucks than the ordinary people & workers involved
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