About the Fulton Municipal former Manufactured Gas Plant Site

Gas used for cooking, lighting, heating and commercial purposes was manufactured at the Fulton Municipal Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) from approximately 1879 through the early 1930’s. Historical records, while incomplete, indicate that two different companies may have operated the plant before it was sold to Brooklyn Union Gas, a predecessor to National Grid. The plant used coal and petroleum products to create a flammable gas which was piped into the surrounding neighborhoods. After the property was sold by Brooklyn Union in the late 1930’s, it was subdivided and now has multiple private owners and uses, including commercial operations and the Thomas Greene Park owned by the City of New York. National Grid is responsible for the investigation and remediation of the site because it was operated by a predecessor company at the time the contamination occurred.

This website provides information on the Fulton Municipal former MGP Site, the Remedial investigation of the site, and opportunities for public participation. National Grid is committed to the protection and enhancement of the environment, always seeking ways to minimize the environmental impacts of our past, present and future activities. We hope this website, a part of our public participation and outreach efforts, is helpful and informative. If you need additional information or have suggestions to make our website better, please contact the individuals listed under Contacts.

Current Site Status

October 3rd, 2019

National Grid’s contractor, Posillico Environmental, is implementing bulkhead barrier wall construction related activities at the Fulton former Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) Site consistent with the EPA approved design.   This project includes the replacement of approximately 880 linear feet of existing bulkheads along the eastern side of the Gowanus Canal from the head end of the canal (at Butler Street) to the Union Street Bridge.  The bulkhead construction will include an anchored support system and steel sheet piling that was designed to serve as both an environmental barrier and support for the EPA’s planned canal dredging and capping remedy. Mobilization began on August 28, 2019 and barrier wall construction is expected to occur over an approximately 1 year period.  Community air monitoring and construction monitoring for vibration and movement will be conducted throughout the project.

Recently Completed Activities

  • Clearing and grubbing of Parcel I (270 Nevins Street).
  • Installation of perimeter construction fencing along Parcel I and 525 Union Street.
  • Installation of decontamination pad, entrance exit/exit wash station.
  • Installation of soil erosion and sediment controls along Parcels VI (242 Nevins Street) and VII (228 Nevins Street).

Ongoing Activities

  • Clearing and grubbing of 525 Union Street and end of Right-of-Way at Degraw Street.
  • Preparation of staging and laydown areas on Parcels VI and VII.
  • Installation of soil erosion and sediment controls along Parcel I and 525 Union Street.
  • Air monitoring.
  • Movement and vibration monitoring at Parcels I, VI, VII, and head end of canal.
  • Noise monitoring.
  • Delivery of certain construction materials.
  • Pre-condition surveys.

Upcoming Activities

Once mobilization and site preparation is complete, the process of constructing the barrier wall will be initiated.  The first steps will involve pre-clearing the wall alignment of debris and other potential obstructions within the canal.  This work in the canal may be starting in mid October after the marine equipment arrives.

Community Air Monitoring Plan Summary

Air quality monitoring is being performed consistent with the Community Air Monitoring Plan (CAMP) for the Fulton Site using a MiniRAE 3000+ PID for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and TSI Dust Trak DRX Dust Meter. No VOC or dust levels above background have been detected to date.

Contact Information

National Grid will provide updates as the work at the site proceeds.  For more information, please leave a message on our hotline at (718) 982-7349 or email us at info@fultonmgpsite.com

Website Update Information

National Grid will provide regular activity updates during construction of the Fulton barrier wall.  During the mobilization and site set-up phase, these updates are being provided on an approximately bi-weekly basis.  Once barrier wall construction is underway, these updates will be provided approximately weekly.  All updates will be archived under the Key Documents tab of this website.

September 16, 2019

Clearing and grubbing on Parcel VI.

September 17, 2019

Installation of noise monitoring equipment.

September 23, 2019

Clearing and grubbing complete on Parcel I.

September 25, 2019

Temporary fencing installed between Parcel I and 525 Union Street.