The City of Newburgh, New York executed a detailed environmental study at the Jonas Automotive Brownfields Site with the help of First Environment. The investigation was conducted under the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (NYSDEC’s) Environmental Restoration Projects or Brownfields Program, and the majority of funding for the project was provided by the 1996 Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act. The site consisted of the former Jonas building situated on an approximately 1.5-acre gravel lot, and an underground gasoline tank and aboveground waste oil tank were still present on site. Jonas operated the property from 1993 to 1999 for the dismantling of automobile motors. In March of 1998, a spill was reported to NYSDEC where motors were being dumped in the rear of the property with fluids visible on the ground. Jonas stockpiled the impacted soil on site but failed to properly dispose of it. The City took ownership of the property in March of 1999 and properly disposed of the stockpiled soil off site in December 1999.
First Environment summarized the environmental assessment activities performed at the Jonas Automotive site in a Site Investigation/Remedial Alternatives Report (SI/RAR). The site investigation determined the nature and extent of the contamination at the site, as well as potential threats to public health and the environment. As part of the investigation, First Environment conducted sampling of groundwater, soil, and several on-site drums. In addition, we removed the underground and aboveground storage tanks and properly disposed of them offsite. In the Remedial Alternatives Report, we evaluated potential remedial actions to clean up the site. Based on the results of the SI/RAR, NYSDEC, in consultation with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), proposed a means for cleaning up the site and presented a Proposed Remedial Action Plan (PRAP) to the public. Following consideration of public comments on the proposed cleanup plan and its alternatives, First Environment, NYSDEC, and NYSDOH selected the appropriate site remedy. First Environment implemented the remedy at the site and submitted a Construction Completion report to the NYSDEC. We also submitted a Site Management Plan (SMP) so that any prospective purchaser will be made aware of the monitoring requirements. Currently, a prospective purchaser is interested in obtaining the property for potential use as an automotive facility.