The property at 47 Northern Blvd. in Great Neck no longer constitutes a public health threat according to recent reports issued by the New York State Department of Conservation (DEC). A report was issued on Dec. 18, 2014, stating that the Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Site Program (the State Superfund Program), the state’s program for identifying, investigating and cleaning up sites where the disposal of hazardous waste may present a threat to public health and/or the environment, declared the property at 47 Northern Blvd. has been cleaned and reclassified and no longer presents such a health threat.
The DEC maintains a list of sites classified as dangers to public health and the environment in its Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites. When the noted property no longer presents such threats, the property is considered safe and reclassified.
The DEC has explained that the property at 47 Northern Blvd. in Great Neck was reclassified because hazardous waste disposal at this site was addressed by implementing the DEC remedy, the remedy identified by the DEC Records of Decision (ROD). The DEC also reports that all construction of the components of the mandated site-wide remedy were completed by the year 2005. The report confirming this clean-up remedy report, also DEC mandated, has further confirmed the required and completed remediation work.
Management of any contamination remaining at the site, including any required monitoring, has been controlled according to a DEC site management plan. Such controls will be continued. Institutional controls were required to ensure further protection of the site. The required control, in the form of an environmental easement, is now in place.
So now, according to the DEC, “a significant threat to public health and the environment no longer exists at this site.”
The DEC report further states that “the site is properly remediated and requires site management.”
The environmentally cleaned up property at 47 Northern Blvd. in Great Neck is in a small strip shopping center and houses an AT&T store.