Toxic Sites

NuHart Superfund Site

Environmental Justice & Health

In 2010, a former plastics manufacturing site in northern Greenpoint was classified by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as a Class 2 Superfund site. Now known as the NuHart Superfund site, two underground toxic plumes have been identified, one composed of phthalates and the other of trichloroethylene (TCE) both of which are potentially harmful to human health. Therefore, to protect public health and the environment, the site must be remediated before any development occurs.

Because of the technical nature of the process, NBN was awarded Technical Assistant Grant (TAG) through the DEC. With this grant, NBN is entrusted with increasing “public awareness and understanding of remedial activities taking place in their community” and have hired experts to ensure the cleanup is as robust and protective of the health of the community as possible.

After years of starts and stops, the cleanup is underway. The site has been split into an eastern brownfield portion of the site where a residential building has already been erected. Cleanup is ongoing on the eastern Superfund portion of the site. A recording of the latest (February 2024) community meeting about the site can be found here.

There has long been a school set to be built across the street from the NuHart Superfund site. Because of the way the toxins have spread underground, remediation of the Superfund site will also take place outside of the boundaries of the property. North Brooklyn Neighbors has long advocated for the school be sited elsewhere, believing that of having school so close to an ongoing remediation poses too great a risk to the health of our children.

Each week, the developer shares updates on the upcoming work at the site. Read the updates here.
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Technical documents related to the can be found here.