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Final Report Made Available Confirming That Soil Samples from Red Hook Recreation Area Show No Evidence of PCB Contamination

Thursday, May 27, 2010
No. 37

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) today announced that the final report from TRC Engineers is available and posted on the Parks website, affirming that tests on soil samples from Brooklyn’s Red Hook Recreation Area show no evidence of contamination with PCBs.

Soil samples were collected by TRC Engineers, an environmental consultant with experience in PCBs, and sent to an NYS Environmental Laboratory Approval Program certified laboratory. PCBs were not detected in any of the samples.

The City ordered the tests after learning that state officials had identified contaminated soil on a nearby site once occupied by the Chemtura chemical company. To address potential safety concerns, on May 13, soil samples were collected and tested from 18 areas in the soccer fields closest to the Chemtura site.

DOHMH has not recommended any restrictions on public access to the park.

The full report can be viewed here.

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