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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation today issued the Record of Decision (ROD) for the K-Fulton Works site (NYSDEC site #224051), principally bordering the eastern edge of the head of the Gowanus Canal.  The ROD describes the remedy selected to address contamination on the site of the former manufactured-gas plant (MGP).

According to NYSDEC, the site was operated as a manufactured-gas plant from about 1879 until 1929.  The operation of the plant caused contamination of sub-surface soil and groundwater by coal tar, a byproduct of manufactured gas production.

Major elements of the planned cleanup include:

  1. Construction of a subsurface barrier wall to prevent coal tar migration to the Gowanus Canal.
  1. Coal tar recovery by use of coal tar recovery wells or other systems.
  1. Excavation and/or stabilization of MGP structures and source material to be coordinated with re-development.
  1. A Site Management Plan that will include provisions to monitor the performance and effectiveness of the remedy.

NYSDEC estimates the remediation work will cost $54,525,000.

Click here to view a PDF version of the complete ROD.

For more information, contact NYSDEC Project Manager Henry Willems at (518) 402-9662, or via email at

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