First Environment has been supporting the City of Newburgh in executing a detailed environmental study at the Provan Ford Brownfields Site under the New York City Department of Environmental Conservation’s (NYSDEC’s) Environmental Restoration Projects or Brownfields Program. The 1996 Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act provided up to 75 percent of the funding for this project. The site, which is approximately 3.5 acres, consists of the former Provan Ford maintenance facility situated on a mostly gravel and concrete lot.
Provan Ford operated the property for approximately 50 years as a large truck dealership/repair facility which conducted washing, servicing, and maintenance of Ford tanker trucks. During their ownership, the property was impacted by the release of petroleum and related substances. On several occasions, the City’s Building, Public Works, and Fire Departments responded to the facility for various incidents involving discharges of petroleum substances into the municipal sewer system.
In 1998, the City foreclosed on and took ownership of the property. Preliminary environmental sampling was performed in October of 1999 which identified petroleum contamination in soils and groundwater, as well as several leaking underground storage tanks.
First Environment documented the environmental assessment activities performed at the Provan Ford 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, the project team conducted sampling of groundwater and soil; they also excavated, cleaned, and disposed of six underground storage tanks offsite along with any identified contaminated soil.
Concurrently, First Environment evaluated potential remedial alternatives to address the contamination identified during the site investigation activities. Based on the results of the SI/RAR, the NYSDEC 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, the NYSDEC selected the site remedy as part of the Record of Decision (ROD). First Environment’s remedial action activities conducted to date include the excavation and off-site disposal of impacted soil and subsequent treatment of residual groundwater contamination through the implementation of an in-situ chemical oxidation (ISCO) injection program. To prepare the site for redevelopment, First Environment, in accordance with the ROD, prepared the design and specifications for the installation of a site-wide cap. Following the completion of the public bidding process—with which First Environment assisted—and award of a contract, the final capping activities commenced in February 2015.