On this page you will find information on the current status of the Newtown Creek site, as well as an estimated timeline and milestones.
The EPA, the City of New York, and the five companies (Phelps Dodge, Texaco, BP, National Grid, and ExxonMobil) known as the Newtown Creek Group have entered into an Administrative Settlement Agreement and Order on Consent to complete a comprehensive study of Newtown Creek and its tributaries, called a Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS). The first step is the Remedial Investigation—an in-depth study designed to gather data needed to determine the nature and extent of contamination at a Superfund site—which is already underway.
Remedial Investigation Completed Activities
Phase 1 field activities began in November 2011 and were completed in March 2013. As part of these activities, sampling vessels and field crews were on the creek performing the planned water, sediment, and air sampling. During this extremely intensive effort, approximately 35,000 samples, from approximately 300 stations, were sent to laboratories for chemical analyses. The Phase 1 data analysis began in April 2013. The results will be made available by EPA when complete.
The investigation and proposed cleanup for Superfund sites are guided by planning documents that identify the work that must be conducted at the site. For Newtown Creek, those planning documents included the following:
• EPA's Community Involvement Plan (under development)
Typically, large complex sites such as Newtown Creek require multiple phases of site characterization work, where knowledge gained from the initial phase of work helps to focus investigative efforts in subsequent phases. The Phase 1 site investigation field activities within Newtown Creek included the following:
Concurrent with the Phase 1 investigation field work are ongoing efforts focused on interpreting the site data and developing computer models that are used during the RI/FS process. Other activities performed during this process include the following: