Consolidated Edison Waterside Generating Plant
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Brooklyn’s Waterside Generating Plant, which began operating in 1900, was the first plant in New York City to produce alternating current. The plant covered 9.5 acres on the East River between 38th and 40th streets.
The plant was located near the United Nations and, as recently as 1946, was surrounded by odorous slaughterhouses, cattle pens, and meat-packing companies. The site was later sold to a private developer, the area upgraded, and the site is now surrounded by upscale condominiums. Prior to Con Ed selling the plant to a developer, the power station was known as one of the most polluting steam/electricity-generating plants in the state and had been out of compliance with environmental regulations for five years.
Con Edison faced a lawsuit filed by the federal government in 1988 regarding asbestos removal at the Waterside Plant as well as several other steam/electricity-generating plants in the area. The Federal Environmental Protection Agency filed the suit against Con Ed in the Brooklyn Federal District Court, accusing Con Ed of engaging in asbestos removal that failed to protect workers or the public who may have been exposed to asbestos dust at thisjobsitein New York.
Con Ed entered into a contract to demolish and decommission the Waterside Generating Plant, including asbestos abatement and environmental remediation. The project included removing an underground storage tank, building demolition, and power plant demolition. There were 1,000 tons of PCB-contaminated soil, 100 tons of soil with dangerous levels of lead, and more than 100,000 gallons of oily water that had to be removed from the site.
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