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Updates from NYSDEC

September 11, 2019 - Citizens Participation Plan (CPP) and Remedial Investigation Work Plan (RIWP) Drafts released to the public.

Click Here for DRAFT Remedial Investigation Work Plan.

Click Here for DRAFT Citizens Participation Plan.

Drafts can be reviewed and are open for public comment. NYSDEC to present at Community Board 1 Environmental Protection Committee on September 16 at 6:00PM.

August 1, 2019 - Brownfield Cleanup Agreement (BCA) has been fully executed by the NYSDEC and has been returned to the applicant.

The Applicant is now required to submit a Draft Community Participation Plan within 20 days and a Draft Remedial Investigation Workplan within 30 days to the NYSDEC.

June 24, 2019 - NYSDEC announces 250 Water Street admittance into the Brownfield Cleanup Program 

Link to the DEC Fact Sheet for more information on the application:

Link to the Responsiveness Summary:

On June 24, 2019, NYSDEC announced that it has admitted 250 Water Street into the Brownfield Cleanup Program. Along with this announcement, the DEC submitted a responsiveness summary to the 250 letters of concern they received from the community. In it, the DEC acknowledged that the site currently does not pose a threat to the community.

Children First is committed to ensuring that Howard Hughes Corporation follows all necessary protocols to keep our children safe -- even at the expense of their profits. We’ve sent letters, we’ve raised our voices, and we will continue to rally to ensure that our elected officials put our children's safety first.

What we know:
The applicant, Howard Hughes Corp, was sent an agreement letter by the DEC on June 24th for approval. Once the agreement letter is finalized and signed, HHC will be officially in the State-run Brownfield Clean-Up Program.

What’s next: Here’s a preliminary timeline from the DEC on what to expect.

  1. A DRAFT Remedial Investigation (RI) Work Plan will need to be submitted to the DEC within 30 days after the BCP agreement is finalized and signed.

  2. The DEC expects the DRAFT work plan to be submitted sometime in July.

  3. The draft work plan will be made available to the public prior to the start of the 30-day comment period.

  4. The DEC would like to have the draft plan presented to the community while the 30 day comment period is open.

  5. The draft plan presentation will most likely be at the CB1 Environmental Protection sub-committee meeting in September (no meeting is held in August).

  6. The Remedial Investigation Work Plan (RIWP) will not be approved until the conclusion of the comment period and after all public comments on the work plan are reviewed.

  7. Given the delay in accepting the application and the time needed for review and public comment on the Draft work plan, the field investigation will likely not start until the Fall.

  8. The approved work plan will have a schedule and work may be conducted on weekends or holidays when the schools are not in session.

November 18, 2019 - Howard Hughes Corporation submits Brownfield Cleanup Program Application for 250 Water Street.

Link to the Brownfield Cleanup Program Application: