Superfund Designation Looking Likely for Ridgewood Site

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The Times reports that it is “very likely” the former Wolff-Alport Chemical Company facility, at 1127-1129 Irving Avenue in Ridgewood, will be added to the Federal Superfund list. Due to high radioactivity readings here, the Environmental Protection Agency officially proposed the site be added to the list yesterday. The agency will make a final decision after 60 days of public comments. The area is home to an auto repair shop, a construction firm, a warehouse and a deli, though investigation would also extend to a public school and day care center two blocks away. The existing businesses on site will only be relocated if necessary. The EPA already spent $2,000,000 in safety precautions for the site, a cost estimate on a full cleanup is not yet known. If the EPA designates it, it’ll be the city’s third Superfund site after Newtown Creek and the Gowanus Canal.

Queens Site May Be Added to Superfund List [NY Times]
A Superfund Site Considered in Ridgewood [Q'Stoner]

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  • There have been other sites in the city (and in particular in Queens, in Woodside by the BQE) that have had radioactive waste removed, but they didn’t have Superfund backing. It makes me wonder just how bad this place is for it to warrant that special status.