Friday, 02 December 2011 00:00
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano joined Mayor Ralph Suozzi this week at the Gladsky Marine Site, the site along the north side of Glen Cove’s Waterfront, to announce that the remediation of the Gladsky Marine Site has been completed.
The Gladsky Marine Site, located on the south side of Garvies Point Road, underwent cleanup efforts that commenced in the spring of 2010 with grants from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Environmental Restoration Program and the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfield Cleanup Program, which included funding from Nassau County’s Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund, Mangano’s office stated.
“The county’s investment of $1 million in Environment Protection Agency funds garnered attention from the EPA who stated that this project which at one point thought never to commence turned into the largest site cleanup in the EPA Brownsfields program in 2010,” said County Executive Mangano. “This project is an important step toward restoring hope, opportunity and jobs to our communities that are being held back by the presence of old, abandoned industrial sites that once polluted our environment. Working together we can continue to have successes such as this for the betterment of our environment and residents.”
According to Mangano’s office, after the 1999 closure, results of environmental investigations identified numerous contaminants, including semi-volatile organic compounds, metals and asbestos. An environmental remediation was necessary to bring the land back to productive re-use. The project achieved substantial completion in January 2011.
“The Gladsky Marine site plays an important role in the Glen Cove Waterfront Revitalization Project. Designated as a 1998 Brownfield Showcase Community, the City of Glen Cove has marshaled the resources of federal, state and local governments including Nassau County and leveraged millions of dollars of public and private investment. With the assistance of agency partners in the EPA, this landmark project has bundled several blighted parcels which include Superfund Sites, National Priority List Sites, Brownfields and inactive hazardous waste storage sites to ready for re-development a 52 acre contiguous area of waterfront property,” Mangano’s office stated in a release.
“We are proud of the progress we have made on cleaning up these formerly contaminated sites and bringing them back to productive use,” said Mayor Suozzi. “We are taking important steps to return our waterfront to our community and I thank our elected officials and agency professionals for all that they have done to support us along the way.”