NYC Environmental Voluntary Cleanup


A vacant underutilized property located in Brooklyn was set for redevelopment for market rate housing. During the initial site investigation, elevated levels of semi-volatile organic compounds and inorganics were identified which could make redevelopment costly. As the property was ‘E’-designated, the Site needed to comply with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation (NYCMOER) applicable regulations.


After meeting with the NYCMOER it was determined that the property was an ideal fit for the Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP). The VCP offered many incentives to develop a remedy for the property that could be integrated into planned site redevelopment. A remedy was developed for the property that included soil removal, sub-slab depressurization system (SSDS), clean fill buffer, and a vapor barrier. To expedite, CA RICH’s Project Manager emphasized close communication with each level of governing authority. This resulting agency cooperation clarified deliverables, deadlines and expectations. Additionally, CA RICH recognized the site’s eligibility for grant monies to offset investigation, reporting and remediation, and effectively assisted the client organization in obtaining these funds.