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The Meeker Avenue Plume Lurks Beneath North Brooklyn

15 Feb 2024 11:42 AM | Michael Lazo (Administrator)

A reservoir of toxic chemicals lies below hundreds of homes in Greenpoint and East Williamsburg. The feds first need to find out if any dangerous fumes have surfaced, but that means getting property owners on board.

By Samantha Maldonado, Photos by Ben Fractenberg and Alex Krales, The City (NY)

Christine Facella, a homeowner in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, has created a lush urban oasis in her backyard, where she grows eggplants, tomatoes and other vegetables. She even welcomes the raccoons and stray cats that come to visit. But a threat lurks underground. Her brick row house sits on top of a federal Superfund site: the Meeker Avenue Plume.

The Environmental Protection Agency added the plume to its National Priorities List in 2022. A pool of chemicals in the groundwater and soil spans parts of Greenpoint and East Williamsburg in Brooklyn. The EPA wants to eventually clean up the area.

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