May 5, 2006
Information About Air Quality in Greenpoint
The Department of Environmental Protection performed air monitoring
at the site from 10:15 AM to 9:00 PM on May 2, the day of the fire. Monitoring
was done for volatile organic compounds, chlorine, ammonia, cyanide,
hydrogen sulfide, carbon monoxide and various flammable gases. Field
results were negative for any unusual levels of these substances.
Additional air samples were collected to be taken to a laboratory that
day for analysis. Laboratory results were received Thursday May 4 and
showed that all levels were below regulatory values as dictated by the
Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the National
Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) and the American
Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH).
to the Property Owner
On Thursday afternoon, the Department of Environmental Protection’s
Hazardous Materials Unit issued a Commissioner’s Order to the owner
of the site. The order requires the owner to:
- Secure the site 24-hours-a-day with private security guards.
- Hire a licensed asbestos investigator to be on-site during demolition
and inspection of the premises.
- Hire a licensed hazardous waste contractor to be on-site during
demolition and inspection of the premises.
- Sample within 24 hours any substances that the licensed investigator
or contractor determine may be hazardous, and to report findings promptly
to the Department of Environmental Protection.
- Remediate within two weeks any hazardous materials that are found
on the site.
- Perform air sampling at the perimeter of the site to ensure that
dust does not enter the community during demolition. Department of
Environmental Protection personnel will continue to monitor the site
on a daily basis to ensure compliance with the Commissioner’s
Order. This monitoring will include air and debris sampling to verify
data reported by the property owner. Non-compliance will result in
fines and violations being issued to the building owner.